CM: Alexandre Charpentier's The Duval-Janvier Reducing Machine and Striking Press is an extremely fine bronze octagonal plaque created in 1902 Paris. The obverse represents a topless male figure seen from the back, whilst turning the fly-wheel of a coining press machine. In the reverse amidst the decorative text in Art Nouveau lettering are three diminishing vignettes of the obverse picture, providing a practical illustration of the reducing machine.
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2008]
FORRER, LEONARD Biographical Dictionary of Medallists 1904-1930 1987 Spink & Son Ltd, London, p.177
JONES, MARK The Art of the Medal 1979 British Museum, London, p.345
CATALOGUE Alexandre-Louis-Marie Charpentier 2006 National Gallery of Art, Washington
MAIER, NICOLAS French Medallic Art 1870-1940 2010 Munich [English/German/French]