Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Ludwig Gies 1887-1966 => First WWI Series => Topic started by: Henry Scott Goodman on May 19, 2020, 10:56:00 AM

Title: Siege
Post by: Henry Scott Goodman on May 19, 2020, 10:56:00 AM
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No Date (1914) Cast bronze uniface medal, 66.7mm, 94.3g, Edge stamp C. POELLATH SCHROBENH., Ernsting WVZ 58.  Henry Scott Goodman Collection.

Flat field, slightly ascending towards the raised border, lower section; the device designs are sculpturally descending in thirteen planes from the foreground exergue to the medal’s surface field.

In the foreground, from left and right, a group of warriors with lances and a flag, on the left a mortar; between the groups and ramparts and cutting into a high, stone terrace wall, at the end of which and to the left and right are also more groups of lancet-bearing soldiers; the town architecture on this level, developing further upwards in steps, with a wide arched gate, on the next two steps houses and slender beacon towers, at the top a large cylindrical building with a flat dome, at top a crescent moon.  In the exergue an incuse L·G·. 

Number in Museum Collections: 6

Brüssel, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Albert I Penningkabinett (Royal Library)
London, British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals
Munich, Staatliche Münzsammlung (National Coin Collection)
Paris, Musée d’Historie Contemporaine  (Museum of Contemporary History)
Stuttgart, Württembergisches Landesmuseum (Württemberg Regional Museum)
Vienna, Kunsthistoriches Museum (Art History Museum)

Number known in Private Collection: 3

Provenance: Ex-Pellegrini

The architecture, especially the crescent moon, resembles an Ottoman city scene of perhaps Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque both in current day Istanbul.  Nevertheless, there is no clear historical context for the shelling of the Dardanelles in November 1914 and the simultaneous landing of British and French troops which occurred in the following year, 1915, of the war. Together with WVZ 56 to WVZ 62 this work was created as one piece within a series of eight, probably before December 1914