Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Lotte Benter => Topic started by: Rabenauge on June 07, 2020, 02:53:25 AM

Title: Lord assist us!
Post by: Rabenauge on June 07, 2020, 02:53:25 AM

Lotte Benter.  1915. 

・MIT・GOTT・FÜR・KÖNIG・VND・VATERLAND・ (with God for king and fatherland).  Cast iron,  lightly blackened, 102.0 mm, 220.25 g.  Edge punch DS 55   5 (indicating [Freunde der] Deutsche Schaumünze [edition] 55, [cast number] 5).  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Scarce.

Obverse: High-relief bust of bearded Landsturm (Reserve) soldier in cloth-covered Pickelhaube to left with shouldered rifle; relief title legend upper edge; incised artist's signature LBenter 1915 lower right edge. 

Reverse: High-relief full-length figures, at left seated older woman to right reading open book (Bible or prayer book); next to her, standing younger woman three-quarters frontal, eyes cast down, hands folded in prayer; at lower right, young girl to left seated on stool; three-line relief inscription HERR / HILF / UNS! (Lord assist us!) upper right; incised artist's signature Lotte Benter lower right edge; raised rim.

Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  (1919?).  Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques Relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 137: no. 1084.

Cf: Wipplinger, Eva.  1992.  Medaillenkünstlerinnen in Deutschland.  Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle, p. 22, no. 1.

Cf: Steguweit, W.  1998.  Das Münzkabinett und die Förderung der Medaillenkunst: Künstlerbriefe 1914-1918 Medaillenedition (Das Kabinett 5), pp. 97- 98: no. 9; pl. 2 (example without edge-punch).

Cf: Weisser, Bernhard.  2014.  "Medailleure in Deutschland während des Ersten Weltkriegs, Teil 1: Bäuerle bis Bosselt," MünzenRevue Heft 7+8, pp. 153 - 159 (illustrated p. 156).  Online resource. 

Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, pp. 139 - 140: 18.2.

According to Weisser (p. 156), citing Julius Menadier (Director of the Berlin Münzkabinett, and a friend of the medallist), the soldier's portrait on the obverse is that of an anonymous reserve soldier met on the street while on leave and chosen to represent the simple enlisted men in the war effort and supported by family members on the homefront.