STAM is home to an extensive collection. We can only display a small portion of these objects in the permanent exhibition. This gallery is where we present a changing selection of items from the museum storage.
The current display is of medals, tokens and buttons. In recent years, volunteers have helped us to make these subcollections accessible online. The objects here were either made by or based on designs by Victor Lemaire and Hippolyte Le Roy. Furthermore, STAM is in possession of materials that originate from their workshops. This enables us to show a glimpse behind the scenes of the design and production process as well as the final object.
Victor Lemaire (Ghent, 5 February 1826 – Gentbrugge, 26 September 1905) was apprenticed to a Ghent goldsmith. He was a keen student and experimented with making moulds, which would later prove invaluable in his career as an engraver. This was followed by Ghent Academy where he trained as a sculptor. Lemaire then immersed himself in all sorts of engraving techniques and built a successful business. In addition to the design and manufacture of medals, tokens and buttons, he also worked semi-precious stones to set in signet rings, wax stamps and cameos.
Hippolyte Le Roy (Liege, 4 April 1857 – Ghent, 29 October 1943) resided in Ghent during his military service, where he studied sculpture at the Ghent Academy. A scholarship enabled him to continue his studies in Paris and Rome, after which Le Roy returned to Ghent. After a difficult start to his career, he became very successful, with numerous commissions for statues and memorials. Like many sculptors of the period, he designed medals and tokens. Le Roy also painted and was a teacher of painting in Antwerp for many years.
Erepenning aan Victor Lemaire, 1905-1906
Voorzijdematrijs voor de penning van de Inhuldiging van het Standbeeld van Artevelde, 1863
Keerrzijdematrijs voor de penning van de Inhuldiging van het Standbeeld van Artevelde, 1863
Gedenkpenning van het bezoek van kroonprins Albert aan Gent, 1902
Positief gipsen ontwerp van de keerzijde van de gedenkpenning van het bezoek van kroonprins Albert aan Gent, 1902
Erepenning aan de Gentse overwinnaars van de Great Challange Cup te Henley, 1907
Deelpatrijs met de Gentse Maagd, 1881
Ingangsplaket voor de Provinciale Tentoonstelling te Gent, 1899
Draagpenning kenteken Gentse gemeenteraad, 1906
Voorzijdematrijs draagteken voor de Gentse gemeenteraad, 1906
Matrijs voor livreiknopen met het familiewapenschild Schoorman