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Centennial Medal: Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970

Design And Decorative Arts

17 color enamel on rhodium plated bronze plaque

3.00 x 3.00 in

7.6 x 7.6 cm

Incised signature and museum logo

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    About The Work

    Stunning, rare vintage limited edition 17 color enamel on rhodium-plated bronze plaque, designed by Frank Stella in 1969 exclusively for the Metropolitan to commemorate its Centennial Anniversary at the turn of the decade 1970 - Nixon era! The back of the plaque has the incised text "The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1870 1970." The design marks the special occasion of the 1870-1970 MET Centennial. The medal was designed in a colorful 17 color rainbow pattern symbolizing the letter "M". The verso has the following engraving: "The Metropolitan 1870 1970 Museum of Art". The bottom rim has the following Incised signature along with the copyright logo of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: "F. Stella" ©MMA". An absolutely iconic design by Frank Stella, and a very scarce and elusive piece of vintage art historical ephemera. 

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Frank Stella

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    • Uneditioned

      Condition: Good vintage condition; minor agewear, small dings to color, and metallic stress but otherwise good.

      Provenance: Collection of art historian and philanthropists Aviva and Jacob Bal Teshuva. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

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