Medal dealer Hedley Betts forwarded this information about a new book on Belgian medallist Godrefroid Devreese. Thanks! Here are the basics. -Editor
POELS, Andre; VANDAMME, Luc; and VAN DRIESSCHE, Jacqueline. Godrefroid Devreese 1861-1941. Belgium, 2019. Limited edition of 110 copies. 724 pages. 8 1/2 inches x
12 inches. Hard cover. $135 ------ Godfroid Devreese, the prominent Belgium medallist, was inspired by the revival in medallic art that occurred in France during the late 19th
century. He was particularly influenced by Ponscarme, Oudine, Roty and Chaplain. He created an extensive oeuvre of medallic works over his long career that extended into his late
This book has an introduction in French and Dutch. It catalogues and illustrates Devreese's works with its main text in Dutch. Descriptions of medals identify the
manufacturer and, in some cases, the reported mintages of medals. It has an extensive bibliography. Most illustrations are in black and white with a few in color.
Hedley Betts adds:
I have just received a small supply of the book, which may be of interest to readers of The E-Sylum. I have listed it on my website and it is available at $135,
including shipping within the United States.
Devreese is an important medallist, whose work is frequently overlooked by collectors, who tend to focus more on French medals of his period. There was an exhibition of his
work in the early 1990s, but the accompanying catalogue was a photocopy of a typewritten manuscript with very poor quality illustrations. This is an infinitely superior work in
terms of quality and scholarship and should definitely be in the library of any serious collector of Medallic art.
For more information, or to order, see:
POELS, A; VANDAMME, L; & VAN DRIESSCHE. Godefroid Devreese
Wayne Homren, Editor
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