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Artist: Bela Lyon Pratt, American, 1867–1917, Art School Certificate of Completion, 1888, B.F.A. 1899
Publisher: The Tavern Club

Medal of the Tavern Club

1910

Bronze

53.73 g, 51 mm (with loop)
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001
2001.87.2873

Bela Lyon Pratt’s medal the Tavern Club shows him at his most whimsical. His design served, as the suspension ring shows, as a member’s badge for this exclusive Boston mens’ club, of which Pratt was a proud member. The club is said to have been so exclusive that the man who proposed its foundation was not, in the end, admitted. The Yale University Art Gallery also owns Pratt’s plaster of the same design (TR2013.15945.36).

Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Numismatics
Provenance: 

Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.