Lot 3002: Paris 1900 Summer Olympics Jury Plaque
18th January 2018
Gorgeous silvered plaque from the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle and 2nd Olympic Games, measuring 3 x 5, featuring a raised artistic rendition of a Greek goddess seated on a throne, holding a long horn which rests on her knee and clutching a palm of victory near her breast, engraved below, “Jury,” with raised numerals at the top indicating the year, “1900.” The engraved designer and maker’s marks on the front read, “L. Botte’e, No. 255, Christofle,” and the reverse is blank. This rare and spectacular plaque would have been presented to one of the judges presiding over the Exposition Universelle and Olympic Games. The 1900 Summer Olympics were held in Paris as a part of the Wolds’ Fair and were the first Games to admit women athletes. With the beautiful relief portrait of the Greek goddess—an appropriate image, considering the origin of the Olympics—and elegantly curved and sculpted edges, this is a magnificent and early 1900 Olympic display piece.
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