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Ford Motor Company Anniversary Medal

ca. 1955 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 plaster plaque 6 in. (15.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.15 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 12


Luce Center Label

Anthony de Francisci’s plaster model is a preliminary design for the finished 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 on a finished version (see 1966.110.42) indicates that the sculptor copied the portraits from a work by Norman Rockwell. Almost thirty years before the 1955 commission, 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 - relief

plaster

About Anthony de Francisci

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

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