Friday, 24 June 2011

Jean Vernon (1897-1975)

If you like art deco design them this artist is for you. He created some of the best decorative bronze medal of the mid 20th century and is amongst my favourites. However, I did not really know any thing about the man and his career. So here I have tried to piece togother the story from various references on the net.

First a few pictures -

Jean Vernon (1897-1975) also known as Jean De Vernon was a French artist who specialised in designing medal and small works in bronze. He studied in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He earned many awards during his career including; the Honour, Gold and Silver medals at the Salons des Artistes Français and the Taylor Prize (1957). He served in the army during WW1 being awarded the Croix de Guerre 1914-1918.

His medallic works include a medal struck for the maiden voyage of the French Liner Normandie from Le Havre to New York in 1935 and a series of ten? medals illustrating the fables of Jean de La Fontaine (1937-42). Among his other works were "Our Lady of the Wings" for Le Bourget airport and a number of ceremonial swords for members of the Academie Francaise.

From the series of fables.

The medals I have had and seen have all been signed "Jean Vernon" in an art deco script.

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