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James Douglas Award for Achievement in Non-ferrous Metallurgy (reverse)

ca. 1922 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 white metal/galvano/patinated 8 in. (20.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.87 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Anthony de Francisci designed a medal to honor James Douglas, founder of the Phelps Dodge Corporation and twice president of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. The medal is awarded to acknowledge accomplishments in nonferrous metallurgy. This uniface artist’s sample represents the reverse of the true medal and shows two classical nudes tending a primitive furnace. Alchemist’s symbols of gold, silver, lead, copper, zinc, and tin appear above the rondel.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - industry

Figure group - male - nude

Occupation - industry - milling

sculpture - medal

metal

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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