Many of the sculptors and medalists of the nineteenth and twentieth century created large bronze plaques with portraits of notable people, either as an end in themselves for display, or as one of the stages of the creation of a struck medal or plaquette. All add a rare patina of tradition and history to a desk or the wall of a study or library.
For portrait plaques of Americans see our page of American Art Plaques.
Measurements for rectangular pieces list width first.
Albert Aicard, 1853-1892, lawyer
By Jules-Clment Chaplain, 1899, cast bronze, 187 mm. Obverse of 99 mm. medal; examples of medal in the Muse dĠOrsay and the Metropolitan Museum. Number 3817 on our inventory of personal medals.
Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898
Cast bronze, 185 x 270 mm., hook on top. Number 3806 on our inventory of personal medals.
Neil Burgess, 1846-1910, Vaudeville female impersonator
Cast bronze, 1890, 125 mm., hanger on back. Number 3752 on our inventory of personal medals.
Robert Burns, 1759-96, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1799-1822
Each side features a portrait of the poet and a scene from one of his poems. Low-relief plaque with contrasting patinas, 195 x 195 mm, 4 small mounting holes on sides.
Georges Clmenceau, 1841-1949, and Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, World War I Leaders
By Ferdinand Gilbault, cast bronze, 191 mm., hook and screw sprue on back.
Franz Fiedler, 1885-1956, photographer of death-themed compositions
By Fritz Hrnlein, 1920, cast bronze, 135 x 190 mm. Number 3763 on our inventory of personal medals.
Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807-1882
By Gustave-Adolphe-Dsir Crauk, 1827-1905, bronzed copper galvano, 192 mm., ex Strong Museum, Rochester NY.
Lorenzo Ghiberti, 1378-1455, sculptor
Cast lead, bronzed, 120 x 141 mm., hook on back. Number 3762 on our inventory of personal medals.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832
1932, cast bronze, 78 x 78 mm., in custom leather box, engraved on edge to Alwin Kronacjer. Number 3866 on our inventory of personal medals.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864
Painted plaster roundel, 135 mm.
Max Janke, 1926
By Felix Pfeiffer, 1871-1954. Cast bronze, 133 x 190 mm. Number 3769 on our inventory of personal medals.
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
Unsigned, name as ÔLeonard de VinciĠ, gilt bronze, 175 x 220 mm., screw holes on back.
Carved ivory profile, 37 x 51 mm., encased in glass-windowed wooden frame, 160 x 156 mm.
Cast bronze, hollow, high relief portrait with screw sprue attached to the back, 130 x 160 mm.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791
Bust of Mozart crowned by cavorting putti. Bois durci, 162 mm. in gilt wood frame, total diameter 211 mm. Another, without frame.
Lizzi-Anna Robinsohn, 1926
Signed WR. Cast bronze, 147 mm., mounted on marble, 171mm. diameter, with easel attached to back. Number 3792 on our inventory of personal medals.
Wilhelm Conrad Rntgen, 1845-1923, inventor of X-Rays, first winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Cast bronze, 148 mm., with hanger on back. Number 3772 on our inventory of personal medals.
Johann Strauss, Jr., 1825-1899, The Waltz King
Unsigned, mid-career portrait, with trophies below. Elaborate silhouetted cast plaque with easel mount on back. 165 x 200 mm. Number 3768 on our inventory of personal medals. $195.
Theodor von Sickel, 1826-1908, Historian
By Anton Scharff, 1887, cast bronze, 144 mm. Used as the obverse for a medal for thirty years as a professor at the University of Vienna.
Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901
Bust left, in wreath with palms, in front of Paris Opra. Cast bronze, 178 mm., screw sprue on back. Number 3764 on our inventory of personal medals.
Richard Wagner, 1813-1883, Walkyrie
By Charles Thodore Perron, 1862-1934, cast bronze, uniface, 145 mm. BDM, 4, 456. Number 3775 on our inventory of personal medals.
Richard Wagner, 1813-1883, and Franz Liszt, 1811-1886
Jugate portraits, left, silhouetted, cast bronze with screw sprues on back, 160 x 170 mm. Number 3777 on our inventory of personal medals.
Armin and Frieda, anniversary plaque, 1905
by Hans Schfer, cast bronze, 197x 145 mm., old collection mark inked on back: 79269, SM/-, 19h69.
United States Presidents, Washington through Coolidge, 1923
By Abraham Eisenberg, stamped copper, 195 x 165 mm., easel built into back.
Gallery of Famous Renaissance Italians. c. 1890
Portraits of Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Galileo, Dante, Ariosto and Tasso.
Signed PR, cast bronze, 126 x 167 mm., loop attached to back.
Take a look at our pages of American Art Plaques, Beaux-Arts Plaques and of Plaques by Medalists. We have hundreds of other plaques in our store at 32nd and Madison in New York. Visit us by appointment or send your want lists to firstname.lastname@example.org .