Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Jan Wysocki => Topic started by: Rabenauge on December 25, 2019, 09:55:09 AM

Title: Death as Charioteer 1919
Post by: Rabenauge on December 25, 2019, 09:55:09 AM

Jan Wysocki  1919

1914 - 1919  ("Death quadriga with dragon").  Single-sided cast bronze, medium-brown patina, 63.25 mm, 50.1 g.  Gussfrisch (as cast).  Very rare. 

Death, holding scythe, drives four-horse chariot (quadriga) from left to right over calotte of the earth; bat-winged, barb-tailed dragon flies above; title year-dates in exergue formed by calotte; artist's monogram encircled intertwined IW lower left behind chariot; raised rim.

Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1915.  Kriegsmedaillen bayerischer Künstler, pl. XX: no. 102 (early variant, with flying eagle and without date).

Cf: Schulman.  1919. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXXV, p. 29: no. 251 (late variant, with dragon and date).

Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  1919(?).  Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques Relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 142: 1143 (early variant, without date).

Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p. 270: 22.12 (late variant with dragon and date; inaccurate diameter measurement: 53 mm).

Bernhart (1915) illustrates first variant of this medal, produced 1914/1915, with the German eagle instead of a dragon flying above chariot and without year-date.  Klose (p. 269) also illustrates a related medal with Death sitting astride one of five horses riding down cowering humans, all beneath flying dragon .