100905 | GREAT BRITAIN. "Owen Jones" Competition bronze Award Medal.

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    100905 | GREAT BRITAIN. Prince Albert Edward bronze Award Medal. Issued 1863 (engraved 1878). Engraved and presented to John M. Carr by the Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (56mm, 79.95 g, 12h). By L. C. Wyon.

     

    ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES PRESIDENT / MDCCCLXIII, bare head right / FOUNDED 1754 INCORPORATED BY ROYAL CHARTER 1847, SOCIETY / OF ARTS / MANUFACTURES / AND / COMMERCE in five lines; all within wreath. Edge: AWARDED TO JOHN M. CARR. IN THE "OWEN JONES" COMPETITION 1878. FOR A DESIGN FOR A LACE CURTAIN.

     

    BHM 2794; Eimer 1567. Gem Mint State. Glossy brown surfaces, with a great deal of radiance. Includes box of issue.

     

    Owen Jones was a rather famous and influential 19th century designer and author, promoting the field of polychromatic architectural ornamentation and penning the influential work The Grammar of Ornament. On account of his contributions to the field, the Owen Jones Memorial Committee was formed and, four years after his death in 1874, established a fund to be utilized as an annual prize for competing students within the field. Presented by the Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, this inaugural prize was awarded in 1878 to John M. Carr, a student at the School of Art in Nottingham, for his design of a lace curtain. In addition to this bronze medal, this article in the volume 27 (1879) of the Journal of the Society of Arts (p. 683) indicates that Carr was presented with a special "well-bound" edition of Jones's Principles of Design.

     

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