Silver "Great Peking Costume Ball" Medal. Mint Year: 1892 Mint Place: Vienna Medallist: Anton Scharff Reference: Wurzbach 9397, Hauser 4818.
Certified and graded by PCGS as SP-64 None higher and none equal at PCGS! Denomination: Medal - Cooperative of Fine Artists (Künstlerhaus) in Vienna Fancy Dress Ball (Gschnasball) "Great Peking" held on Leap Day (Schalttag), February 29, 1892.
Diameter: 43mm Material: Silver Weight: 23gm Obverse: Mandarin extending flag with crouched servant left, coat of arms of Vienna below. Reverse: Fu Dog and winding dragon with legend written vertically in Chinese style, square hole at center emulating cash coinage, arms below of artists, sculptors and masons on shield. Legend: gSCHnas BALL WIENER KÜNSTLER HAUSES 29 FEB. A G'schnasball is a special kind of late 19th century fancy costume ball - a combination of a fancy costume party and an elegant ball, a formal dance. Normally, a "Gschnas"/costume party is a funny and low-key event, while a ball is a black-tie or white-tie event and is very formal.
The'Künstlerhaus-Gschnas' was an annual highlight of the Viennese Carnival; the members of the Artist's Association decorated the Künstlerhaus according to the theme of the party with temporary installations. In 1892, they converted the building into (mock)'Chinese' festive halls with mock paintings and exhibitions of fake chinoiseries and more than 150 busts making fun of artists, politicians and officials.
Monika Lehner, University of Vienna. Is an art exhibition building in Vienna.
It is located on Karlsplatz near the Ringstraße, next to the Musikverein. It was built between 1865 and 1868 by the Austrian Artists' Society. Gesellschaft bildender Künstler Österreichs, Künstlerhaus. , the oldest surviving artists' society in Austria.It has served since then as an exhibition centre for painting, sculpture, architecture and applied art. Since 1947 it has also managed a cinema, which is used as one of the screening venues for the annual Viennale film festival. The society has its roots in the suburb of Laimgrube, now part of Mariahilf. Here, on the site of a guesthouse, Leopold Ernst had a Neo-Gothic festival hall built (at a great loss) in 1847. The hall became the meeting place of the Society of Young Artists and Academics, which was founded in 1851 and later renamed the Albrecht Dürer Society.
In 1861 it merged with another artists' society, Eintracht, to form a new association representing Viennese painters, sculptors and architects: the Vienna Artists' Society. In 1868 the society moved into its current premises. In 1897 a number of modern artists seceded from the Künstlerhaus and founded the Vienna Secession. In 1972 the society opened its membership to practitioners of applied art, and in 1976 it was renamed the "Austrian Artists' Society, Künstlerhaus". Since 1983 the Society has included filmmakers and audio-visual artists among its members.
, founded in 1985, organises exhibitions both for the Künstlerhaus and for other museums and institutions. Rare Silver Great Peking Costume Ball Medal. PCGS SP-64" is in sale since Friday, December 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Europe\Austria". The seller is "coinworldtv" and is located in Europe.
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