'La Conqueste de L'Air', by Georges Colin, French, circa 1911, Height 30in.

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Lot 280
'La Conqueste de L'Air', by Georges Colin, French, circa 1911,
Height 30in.

Sold for US$ 10,350 inc. premium
'La Conqueste de L'Air', by Georges Colin, French, circa 1911,
a fine showroom display bronze cast to commemorate the historical aeronautical achievements of Alberto Santos-Dumont, the famous Brazilian Aeroplane and Airship pilot, signed on the draperies, mounted on a marble base, absolutely first class untouched condition, with exceptional detailing. This example was recently removed from the the main Alfa Romeo agents showroom in Ghent, Belgium, where it has rested since the 1920s.

See Michel Legrand Mascottes Automobiles page 161, plate 541B for detail on the Foundry stamp by Les Ets Contenot-Lelievre, also detail on Page 158, Plate 533. A similar piece from the famous Ray Holland Collection is depicted on Page 121, The Motor Car in Art, by John J.Zolomij.
Height 30in.

Footnotes

  • This most impressive piece was originally commissioned by the French government in 1910 for use as a monument in Paris, it depicts Icarus lifting his wings, and rising above the limitations of earthly man. Icarus and his father Daedalus were prisoners of King Minos. To escape, Daedalus built wings for himself and Icarus, fashioned with feathers held together with wax. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, as it would melt his wings, and not too close to the sea, as it would dampen them and make it hard to fly. They successfully flew from Crete, but Icarus grew exhilarated by the thrill of flying and began getting careless. Flying too close to the sun God Helios, the wax holding his wings together melted from the heat and he fell to his death, drowning in the sea. Despite the tragic ending, up to this day Icarus is a synonym for man’s achievement of being able to fly! The Farman Company adopted the image because of its early associations with aircraft manufacturing. It has the full foundry cartouche and foundry numbers, and full signature Colin George. Colin was born in Vincinnes in 1876 and as a student of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, he exhibited his work for the first time in 1899. He later studied under Valton, a highly respected master of naturalism. Valton's influence can be seen clearly in the structural and muscular detail of this fantastic example of Colin's work and he was at his prime at the of 35 years in 1910 when he designed this stunning bronze.
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