Lot Archive


№ 489


21 February 1996

Estimate: £10–£15

Medals Related to Music, Franz Liszt, Concerts at the Italian Theatre, Paris, 1844, bronze medallet by Bovy, head r., rev. legend, 26mm (Niggl 1108). Extremely fine, a little dusty (£10-15)

An unusual but well made contemporary medal, the purpose of which is unclear: it is perhaps some kind of pass, though Liszt was at the height of his popularity at the time and it is more likely the piece served as an inexpensive souvenir. Not previously seen by the cataloguer and perhaps quite rare. There is an gold example in the Liszt Museum, Weimar, from the composer’s collection.