When the artist designed this medal front, I'm sure he didn't envisage it being used for such as prestigious award. The artist in this case is S Grun - German perhaps, not sure.
Although Grun has germanic sound to it, I think that this artist was probably French, only based on the medals seen. All are French and French event. I guess, there is no reason why he couldn't have been of German decent. By now you probably realise that I can't find any biographical information relating to this artist -- so all we left with are the medals.
There is a distinct progression of style from the classical related studies, all angels and putti, through art nouveau to a very clean art deco look.
Classical period up to c1915
a more art deco feel of the 1930's
animal studies seem to a speciality - I found several other design.
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