101193 | BELGIUM. Art Deco silvered bronze Plaque.
101193 | BELGIUM. Art Deco silvered bronze Plaque. Issued 1962. Commemorating the ACLVB/CGSLB (General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium) (59x59mm, 124.23 g, 12h). By M. Rauch for Fisch.
CENTRALE GENERALE DES SYNDICATS / LIBERAUX DE BELGIQUE / ALGEMENE CENTRALE DER / LIBERALE VAKBONDEN VAN BELGIË, upper body of male left, with back facing, turning large gear in background; sunburst to upper right / Winged pileus and factory outline above French and Dutch abbreviations for the trade union, with each set upon outline of gear and set against outline of Belgium; denim-textured pattern in background. Edge: FISCH.
Choice Mint State. Steely gray surfaces with a light tone. Great Art Deco style from late in the artist's career.
The following commentary from Joseph Styles relates the interesting and captivating design of this work:
"It is a piece that shouldn't work: the perspectival distortion between the nub and the rim of the wheel are obvious, the man's arms seems too short (fore-shortened?), the angular lines of the wheel and the arm and the torso as the man stops the wheel jar against one another--and yet the composition of the whole in its square frame is arresting, and the stylized sun in the upper right corner (whatever its symbolism) provides a perfect circular balance for the partial wheel hub in the lower left. As I said, the composition shouldn't work, but it does, and its effect is strong and striking. A most amazing piece; a singular piece. Fascinating and stimulating."