Abundance/America

  • Albert Laessle, Abundance/America, 1934, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.5

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Albert Laessle is known primarily for his animal sculptures, yet he also designed medals such as this one, which was the tenth issue of the Society of Medalists. For the obverse of this medal, Laessle selected a turkey, which Benjamin Franklin once proposed as the national bird, to symbolize America.

Title
Abundance/America
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1934
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (0.3 x 7.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – vegetable – corn
  • Allegory – place – America
  • Allegory – quality – wealth
  • Animal – bird – turkey
Object Number
1972.167.5
Palette
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