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Leclerc Medal with Case

Émile Fernand-Dubois (French, 1869–1952)
dated 1908
Bronze, leather, textile
Diam. 2 in. (5.1 cm); case: 2 3/8 x 1/2 in. (6.0 x 1.3 cm)
Miscellaneous-Coins and Medals
Credit Line:
Gift of Dean K. Boorman, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.493.2a, b
Not on view
Bashford Dean (1867–1928), the founding curator of the Arms and Armor Department, was also a highly regarded scientist. Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count de Buffon (1707–1788) was a renowned naturalist and prolific and influential author. The Leclerc Medal was awarded to Dean by the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris in 1908.

The medal is in the form of a circular medallion. On the obverse there is a left-facing profile portrait bust in low relief of Georges-Louis Leclerc, flanked along the curvature near the left edge with raised letters G.EO L.S LECLERC, and along the curvature near the right edge with COMTE DE BUFFON. The name of the artist appears as E• DUBOIS F[ecit]• in smaller letters near the bottom edge beneath the bust. On the reverse in raised letters along the curvature near the side and top edges are the words MUSEUM D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE. In the center the words BASHEFORD[sic]-DEAN/ CORRESPONDANT/ 20 FÉVRIER 1908 are encircled by a wreath raised in low relief. The fitted circular case with hinged lid is covered with red leather on the exterior and lined with green velvet on the interior.
Signature: Signed: E. Dubois.

Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: G.EO L.S LECLERC; COMTE DE BUFFON; E• DUBOIS F[ecit]•; on the reverse: MUSEUM D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE; BASHEFORD[sic]-DEAN / CORRESPONDANT / 20 FÉVRIER 1908.
Bashford Dean, New York (presented to him; February 20, 1908–d. 1928); by descent to Dean K. Boorman, New Jersey (until 2013; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

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