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IMPORTANT MEDALLION PORTRAIT OF BRAHMS BY ANTON SCHARFF, ISSUED FOR THE 60TH BIRTHDAY OF THE COMPOSER, SHOWING HIM FACING RIGHT, SIGNED "A. SCHARFF" ON THE OBVERSE AND WITH THE LEGEND ON REVERSE: "DIE GESELLSCHAFT DER MUSIKFREUNDE IN WIEN, ZUM 60. GEBURTSTAGE 7. MAI 1893", 58MM DIAMETER, BRONZE, REMAINS OF GILDING, 1893;
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Brahms, Johannes
IMPORTANT MEDALLION PORTRAIT OF BRAHMS BY ANTON SCHARFF, ISSUED FOR THE 60TH BIRTHDAY OF THE COMPOSER, SHOWING HIM FACING RIGHT, SIGNED "A. SCHARFF" ON THE OBVERSE AND WITH THE LEGEND ON REVERSE: "DIE GESELLSCHAFT DER MUSIKFREUNDE IN WIEN, ZUM 60. GEBURTSTAGE 7. MAI 1893", 58MM DIAMETER, BRONZE, REMAINS OF GILDING, 1893;
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Brahms, Johannes
IMPORTANT MEDALLION PORTRAIT OF BRAHMS BY ANTON SCHARFF, ISSUED FOR THE 60TH BIRTHDAY OF THE COMPOSER, SHOWING HIM FACING RIGHT, SIGNED "A. SCHARFF" ON THE OBVERSE AND WITH THE LEGEND ON REVERSE: "DIE GESELLSCHAFT DER MUSIKFREUNDE IN WIEN, ZUM 60. GEBURTSTAGE 7. MAI 1893", 58MM DIAMETER, BRONZE, REMAINS OF GILDING, 1893;
together with a fine commemoration medal of Beethoven, issued for his centenary in 1870, with the legend "Beethoven-Feier in Wien XVI bis XIX December MDCCCLXX", 56mm diameter, 1870; and two medallions of Carl Goldmark, issued for his 70th birthday, signed "A. Scharff", and with the legend on reverse: "Zu seinem siebzigsten Geburtstage, 18. May 1900, von Freunden und Verehrern", 56mm diameter, in silver and bronze, 1900; 4 items in all, in modern fitted boxes
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Anton Scharff (1845-1903), was the leading medallist in Austria: chief engraver at the Austrian Mint from 1868, he became the court medallist in 1887.  Max Kalbeck describes how Brahms sat for Scharff, so that this portrait was done from life.  Only a few medallions were struck: Brahms received a single example in gold and also a handful in bronze, which he gave away to his friends. See M. Kalbeck, Johannes Brahms, IV, (1915) p.320.

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