BRUXELLES. Obligation de F1000. brown, black. No 01/00170. Folds, one perforation hole and one 3cm edge-tear at the bottom. Very fine Art Nouveau design, showing a lady in classical costume pointing out to a child who holds the arms of Brussels. Also a barge on a canal, a horse-drawn cart, a crane,... This is aloan issued by the City of Brussels for an amount of 150 million francs at 5,5%. Printed by IMIFI and, despite being numbered, this might well be a printer proof. Most importantly, the unusual design is from Constant Montald (and with his printed signature in the lower right corner). Montald (1862-1944) was a famous Belgian artist (painter, muralist, sculptor). Trained in Ghent and Paris, he won the Belgian Prix de Rome in 1886, which provided him 3 years in Italy and Egypt. He taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels to pupils such as Magritte and Delvaux. Montald himself was best known for its large canvasses and wall paintings in Art Nouveau and Symbolism style, several of which are today found in important museums. In scripophily, he is known to have designed the 'Innovation' shares (Brussels department store). This Montald-city bond is to the best of our knowledge a unique find, discovered in 2014.
Themes: BANKS & FINANCE, CITY & STATE BONDS
Date: 13 March 1930
Startprice: € 300