French Sculpture Census

artist © : public domain

Paris 1856 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine 1909


c. 1893

3 1/16 x 5 13/16
at the top right, monogram: CA

Acc. No. : 1994.3.5
Credit Line : Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts


  • 1994, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund


  • Museum's website, 24 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1979 Jones
    Mark Jones, The Art of the Medal, London, British Museum Publications, 1979, p.129-130
  • 2004 Attewood
    Philip Attewood, "Promoting the Medal in France 1889-1939", The Medal, no. 44, Spring 2004, p. 38-40

Related Works

Bronze, keyhole, c. 1897, Paris, Musée d'Orsay.


Museum's file, Department Art of Europe, 1994:
The five plaquettes are proofs in pewter of a series of the Arts and Games executed between 1893 and 1896. Abandoning the traditional use of children as allegories of the Arts and Games, Charpentier has used adolescent models, observing them in natural, unidealized poses. Their placement, breaking through the molding of the frame, cut off at seemingly arbitrary angles, recalls the paintings of Degas. Charpentier, who designed furniture mounts and other decorative objects, is one of the key artists in the Art Nouveau movement. Like the artists of the Arts and Crafts movement in England, Charpentier believed that beautiful, elegant design should be manifest in all of the arts, including medals and plaquettes.