Ford Motor Company Anniversary Medal (obverse)

  • Anthony de Francisci, Ford Motor Company Anniversary Medal (obverse), 1955, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate, 1966.110.42

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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).

Title
Ford Motor Company Anniversary Medal (obverse)
Artist
Date
1955
On View
Dimensions
6 in. (15.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait group – family
  • Portrait male – Ford, Henry – head
  • Portrait male – Ford, Edsel – head
  • Portrait male – Ford, Henry, II – head
  • Occupation – industry – automotive
Object Number
1966.110.42
Palette
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