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Ford Motor Company Anniversary Medal (obverse)

1955 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 6 in. (15.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.42 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 10


Luce Center Label

Anthony de Francisci’s uniface artist’s strike, or sample, shows the obverse of the true medal. The portraits represent Henry Ford, his son Edsel Ford, and grandson Henry Ford II, who by 1955 had led the firm for ten years. An inscription indicates that the sculptor copied the portraits from a work by Norman Rockwell. Almost thirty years earlier, de Francisci had sculpted Henry Ford’s profile for a commemorative medal (see 1966.110.13).

Keywords

Occupation - industry - automotive

Portrait group - family

Portrait male - Ford, Edsel - head

Portrait male - Ford, Henry, II - head

Portrait male - Ford, Henry - head

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

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

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