French Sculpture Census

artist © : public domain

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

Échecs
Chess

c. 1893
pewter

medal and plaquette
3 1/4 x 6 1/16
at the top left, monogram: CA

Acc. No. : 1994.3.4
Credit Line : Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts

www.mfa.org

Provenance

  • 1994, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

Bibliography

  • 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, c. 1898, London, British Museum.
Embossed paper "Maison Fontaine", c. 1898, London, British Museum.
Bronze, keyhole, c. 1897, Paris, Musée d'Orsay.

Comment



Museum's website, July 6, 2011:
A woman is shown in right profile and placed on the left side of the rectangular plaque. Her hair is up in a loose bun which overlaps the upper single lineborder. Curving tendrils frame her face and her forehead rests on her left hand. Her right arm rests on the inner lower border, and with this hand she reaches to the game board. The chess board and pieces, which are quite sketchily rendered, occupy the right corner of the plaque.