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Session 2, Lot 59

Estimate: 500 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 95 USD
Presidents and Inaugurals

1918 President Woodrow Wilson Portrait Plaque. Uniface. Bronze. 200 mm, mounted into a 245 mm round wooden frame. By Mowbray Clarke. Nearly As Made.
Somber portrait of Wilson, bespectacled and facing left with his title and last name above. Signed MOWBRAY / CLARKE 1918 below the shoulder at about 4:30. The medal is mounted onto the wooden frame by four screw posts, placed evenly around the medal's periphery. A central hole in the plaque allows confirmation that the reverse of the plaque is blank. The medal with near uniform chocolate-bronze patina, lightened somewhat on the highest points where it has received some light friction. The turned wooden frame presents quite well with only some slight nicks to the raised rim. There is also some loss of wood to the top of the frame, not visible from the front, but detectable from the edge, that does not impair the appearance of the piece.

Clark (1868-1963) was a recognized sculptor and medalist, but was probably more famous for his political views than for his artwork. Always interested in outside-the-main social and political causes, Clarke's studio and his wife's (Mary Horgan Mowbray-Clarke) book store in New York City were well known gathering points for revolutionaries and anarchists. The thoughtful and evocative portrait on this medal suggests that he sympathized with Wilson's progressive domestic and international policies of the immediate post World War One years.

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