VOIGT & DÖLL Charis ca. 1820 [R/V] - x +
VoDo1820char

CN: VoDo1820char

MT: bronze (Ø:3.8)

TX: raised at recto upper periphery <CHARIS>, lower left periphery <G. LOOS DIR.>, at right <C. VOIGT FEC.>, raised at verso periphery <DER STRAUSS DEN ICH GEPFLÜCKET GRÜSSET DICH VIEL TAUSEND MAL.>, at center below <DÖLL // FEC.>

DN: Ms. Megakles Rogakos - 2009

LC: ACG Art Storage

CM: The present work is a splendid high grade medal struck in ca. 1820 at the Loos Medal Mint in Berlin. The medal's obverse presents the profile of Charis created by Carl Voigt. Ordinarily there were three Charites, in Roman mythology known as the 'Gratiae', from youngest to oldest: Aglaea ("Splendor"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). Here Charis appears in classical Greek profile with her hair pulled back with a plain ribbon band. Voigt is also know to have created the following medals: George IV King of Britain and Hannover in 1821; the Pius IX (1846-1878) in 1861. The medal's reverse presents a bouquet of wild flowers created by Friedrich Wilhelm Eugen Döll (1750-1816). The words on the peripehery come from Goethe's poem line Blumengruss, which reads: “Der Strauss, den ich gepflücket, / Grüsse dich viel tausendmal!"

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]

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