Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Lucien Bazor (1889-1974)

More Art Deco design today with another talented French medal engraver - Lucien Bazor.


Georges B Lucien Bazor (1889-1974) was a Paris born, French graveur of medals and coins, who is generally know as Lucien Bazor. He studied under his father Albert Bazor, who was also an artist graveur, before attending the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris. During his time there his tutors included Auguste Patey (1885-1930) and probably his own father.


From the number of medals and coins minted, his designs were a commercial success as his carreer progressed he was appointed Graveur General de Monnaies D'Paris (Chief Engraver at the Paris mint), a position he held from 1930 until 1958. He also recieved academic recognition with his work being accepted for the Salons of the Société des Artistes Francais and was good enough to win the Great Prize of Rome in 1923.

His French coins include the Third Republic 5 franc (minted 1933) that was known at the time as the "Bedoucette" (after the then Minister of Finance) but is now known as "Bazor" (that's fame, your own coin !). Also the 100 franc (minted 1929-1936) and the post WW11 French State, 50ct, 1, 2 and 5 franc coins. These are typically marked with a LB monogram. In addition he designed many French colonial coins, including for Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, French Equitorial Africa, French West Africa, French Oceania, Madagascar and New Caledonia.


As was so common, many of his designs continued to be minted well after there creation and some can be seen with minting dates well into the 1970's and beyond. Medals I admire are the art deco stylised designs that date from the mid 1920's onwards. This seems to be "his style" and many of his later coins and medals show this trait.




 Lucien died in 1974 and is buried in Châtenay-Malabry in the Hauts de Seine area of south west Paris. His grave is decorated with a portrait medal designed by R Cochet (1903-88)


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Internet references include;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucien_Georges_Bazor
http://www.landrucimetieres.fr/spip/spip.php?article1939

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