101121 | CHILE. Lalique silver Plaque.
101121 | CHILE. Silver Plaque. Issued 1910. Commemorating the centennial of Chilean Independence (42x60mm, 76.25 g, 12h). By R. Lalique.
Personification of Chile, holding branch, standing facing within overgrown wheat fields; flowers below; in three lines in exergue, REPUBLICA DE CHILE / PRIMER / CENTENARIO / National flag over sunburst; mountainscape in background; coat-of-arms below. Edge: Some scuffs and scratches on one edge; on another, ARGENT between two hallmarks.
Mint State. Deeply toned, with some underlying brilliance. A fairly rare and desirable piece, especially in silver; compare to an inferior example in bronze in Baldwin's 101 (28 September 2016), lot 3795, which realized a hammer of £300 [plus buyer's fee]).
René Lalique was a famous French artist most known for his glass art during the Art Nouveau period, creating pieces such as perfume bottles, jewelry, chandeliers, and even automobile hood ornaments. A minor subset of his work was in the field of medallic art, of which there is only a small representation. The present piece commemorates the 100th anniversary of Chilean independence, and features Lalique's powerful yet elegant style for this important specimen of South American exonumia.
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