A rare sculpture desk piece
Lot 909
A ‘L’Air’ superb aviation illuminated deskpiece by Augusto Moreau, French, circa 1910, Overall height: 32 in.
Sold for US$ 19,550 inc. premium
Lot Details
A ‘L’Air’ superb aviation illuminated deskpiece by Augusto Moreau, French, circa 1910,
signed, bronzed and patinated pewter figure depicts a draped nude lady with a sinuous art nouveau movement, holding aloft a flaming torch, arising from the flame appears a representation of a Louis Bleriot Monoplane XI aeroplane made of solid bronze, the figure standing on a winged platform above a marble base applied with a plaque marked ‘l'Air la science domine l'univers par Augusto Moreau (Medaille D'or)’. The aeroplane measures 12 ½ inches long with 12 ½ inches wingspan and is a superb and detailed representation of the Monoplane in which Louis Bleriot made his historic and memorable flight over the Channel from France to England in 1909. Below the wings there are two lamps, enabling the aeroplane to be illuminated.
Overall height: 32 in.

Footnotes

  • August Moreau (1834-1917) was born in Dijon, Paris 1834. He went to the French school with A. Millet`, A. Dumont and Thomas Alumn, where he studied under Mathurin Moreau. His debut was in the Paris show room with French artists and the Societaire de Groupment Artistique, where his work was well received and won several exhibition medals in the 1880s and 90s. His sculpture work was awarded gold medals in America and Brazil in 1889 and a bronze in Paris in 1900. His works of art are displayed in the most important museums of the world.
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