France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Prize medal of the Athénée du Vaucluse established at Avignon, 1811
- KOD: 4609010RMA
France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Prize medal of the Athénée du Vaucluse established at Avignon, 1811, by Andrieu, Bramsen 1144, Julius 2490, Essling 2366, Bronze 42 mm, weight 31,60 g., Condition XF+, nice brown patina.
This prize medal of the Athénée du Vaucluse, founded in 1802, commemorates its president, the Dutch-Belgian politician Goswin Joseph Augustin Baron de Stassart, who was administrator of the department of Vaucluse under Napoléon from 1810. De Stassart in turn dedicated the medal to Petrarch, who lived in Fontaine de Vaucluse for a while in his 20s. The imagery of the Sorgue on the reverse of this medal references the spring, overlooked by a sheer cliff, from which the town takes its name.