Paul Gasq (d. 1944) studied at the Dijon School of Fine Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris specializing in allegorical and classical figures and bas-reliefs. He was an exhibitor at the Salon beginning in 1880 and won the Prix de Rome in 1890. He also won a Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
Annual agriculture shows were popular in Europe for almost fifty years before the beginning of World War 1 and they highlighted every aspect of agrarian society; animal grooming, husbandry, farming and irrigation. This centerpiece was a collaboration between Gasq and the firm Christofle & Cie for an agricultural award. Christofle commonly worked with leading contemporary artists to create prizes like the present centerpiece for these shows.
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