An aeronautical bronze deskpiece sculpture by Paul Moreau-Vauther, inspired by the 1908 "Michelin Cup" aviation contest trophy,

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Lot 204
An aeronautical bronze deskpiece sculpture by Paul Moreau-Vauther, inspired by the 1908 "Michelin Cup" aviation contest trophy,

£ 800 - 1,000
US$ 1,100 - 1,300
An aeronautical bronze deskpiece sculpture by Paul Moreau-Vauther, inspired by the 1908 "Michelin Cup" aviation contest trophy,
cast patinated bronze sculpture depicting an early aviator climbing onto the mythical winged horse Pegasus taking off from a terrestrial hemisphere globe escaping the clutches of a female allegorical figure symbolising the earth's pull of gravity, with sculptor's signature to rear of base and further inscribed 'fonte sur platre', with Susse Freres of Paris foundry stamps and signature around the base, the globe with inscription in French "L'Homme enfourchant sa Machine Volante échappe à l'Attraction de la terre" ("Man riding his flying machine escapes the attraction of the earth"), the bronze mounted on a marble base, 23cm high overall.

Footnotes

  • It is believed that larger exhibition size Michelin Trophies, from which this bronze is inspired, were presented to important Pioneer aviators and aviation companies for notable achievements in the air, with smaller presentation bronze sculptures such as the example offered here, of which it is suggested that only 100 examples were produced by the Susse Freres foundry, were presented as personal copies for individual pilots, designers or important Michelin dealerships.
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