The production

 

The production of medals was the principal, although not the only, activity of the Ausió factory during the whole of its existence. Pieces of all kinds were coined, among which those of a devotional, sporting, and commemorative character stood out. Some of these resulted from the house’s own initiative, and others, from orders by public organizations and religious institutions.

 

Sculptors such as Eusebi Arnau, Antoni Parera, Pau Gargallo or Enric Casanovas prepared some of the models that the Ausió Factory minted. Such were the official medals of the Barcelona International Exposition, of 1929, or the Gold Medal of the City of Barcelona, of 1932. Like all modern businesses, it promoted itself through advertising, and also published catalogs and samples by means in which their extensive production was collected and offered. Actually, these are rare documents that are very useful for identifying the shop’s medals because individual production pieces were not marked with the house’s proprietary emblem.

 

  • Catalog of the Ausió Medals Factory devotional medals, circa 1911-1920. Donation: Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés and boxes from the Ausió Medals Factory with sample pieces representing the Virgen of Montserrat and the Virgen called Ave Vel. Donation: Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés.
  • Advertisement by the Roldós Agency publishing the official medals of the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929; two punches and two dies of the same pieces. Donation: Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés and the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
  • Antoni Parera, three official medals of Barcelona International Exposition of 1929. Donation: Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés and the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
  • Enric Casanovas, model of the obverse and an example of the Gold Medal of the City of Barcelona, 1932. Donation: respectively, of the City Administration of Barcelona and the family of the sculptor Josep Llimona (1864-1934).
  • Commemorative Medals produced by the Ausió Medals Factory: Pau Gargallo, Coronation of Our Lady of Mercy in Canet de Mar, 1907; Antoni Parera, National Assembly of Publishers and Booksellers, Barcelona, 1909; and official medals of the International Exposition of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Engraving, and of the exposition El Arte en España, Barcelona, 1929. Donation: Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés and the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
  • Preparatory silver gelatin prints for a catalogue-sample book of sports medals, circa 1920. Donation Eulàlia Ausió i Ferrés.