Thursday, 25 April 2013

Adolphe Rivet - Medal Designer



I recently purchased this medal without really looking closely, it was a design so regularly seen that I thought I knew all about it. The artist responsible for the design was Alponse Rivet (b1855), a French artist who was active at the very end of the 19thC and early 20thC. 

So imagine my surprise when I discovered that this was awarded in 1978 !! That's a great testament to any designer, if only he knew that it was being minted 70-80 years after it's creation. I wondered what other designs he created and whether they were just as successful.
Here is one from my own archive, these pastoral scenes seem to be a speciality, all very 19th century.

Adolphe Rivet , was a French sculptor, medalist and writer who was born in Périgueux in 1855, but strangely his death is not recorded !! Perhaps he still lives 158 years !! Little is recorded about his artist life other than he was a pupil of the sculptors Jules Cavelier (1814-94) and Hubert Ponscarme (1827-1903), sculptor, engraver and medalist.

He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français with honorable mention in 1888 and a second-class medal in 1908 and during this period he is recorded as living at 8 rue Lafouge in Gentilly .


So little information about an artist whose work is still in circulation. His medals can be found in museum and gallery collections around the world including; Yale University Art Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


His art wasn't limited to medals, he did created many stand allow figural sculptures cast in bronze. Whilst as a writer, I have been able to trace one title by an author with his name - Les Derniers Jours de Jerusalem, published c1911. Is this by our man ?? help needed.
Other medal designs include;




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