101156 | FRANCE. Paris. Art Nouveau bronze Plaque.

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    101156  |  FRANCE. Paris. Art Nouveau bronze Plaque. Issued 1898 for the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (48x68mm, 88.11 g, 12h). By A. Patey in Paris.

     

    Female personification of science demonstrates new technological inventions and discoveries (commerce, transportation, biology, agriculture, geography, astronomy, photography, etc.) to male teachers and students; in two lines in exergue, • PRINCIPIA • INVENIT • DESCRIBIT • MACHINAS • / • ARTES • DEMONSTRAT • DOCET • OMNES • (she discovers the natural laws, invents advanced machinery, creates art, and teaches us all) / CONSERVATOIRE / NATIONAL / DES ARTS ET METIERS in three lines above bird's eye view of the priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs in Paris; legend in 14 lines below. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.

     

    Gem Mint State. Pleasing brown-bronze surfaces, with some glossy brilliance.

     

    Founded in 1794 during the period of the French Revolution, the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers was created as an institute for education and scientific research. A portion of it is still open to the public as a museum where numerous technical instruments are housed. One of the most famous of these inventions is the Léon Foucault pendulum, made famous by the 1988 novel by Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum.

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