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'Centaur' Art Deco Bronze by Francois Bazin, 1924

$85,589.73

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Francois Bazin (French, 1890-1943): a monumental and unique Art Deco bronze sculpture of a Centaur rearing up, drawing back his bow, mounted on green marble plinth, the bronze signed, and marked ‘PIÈCE UNIQUE 1924’. Note: Bazin is regarded as having created some of the most stylish Art Deco sculpture. Fascinated by speed and flight, he designed numerous car mascots which are highly sought-after today for ‘grandes marques’ such as Hispano-Suiza and Isotta Fraschini. He also sculptured this subject, the Centaur, as a mascot for UNIC, the French car manufacturer founded by Georges Richard in 1906. It is assumed that this unique monumental sculpture was commissioned by UNIC as a boardroom or showroom display. In Ancient Greek mythology, the Centaurs are a race of creatures, part-human and part-horse, the embodiment of untamed nature and symbolic of chaos and unbridled passion. The author C. S. Lewis, in his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series, depicts Centaurs as the wisest and noblest of creatures, gifted in astronomy, healing and prophecy.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    PatinatedBronze
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1924
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Superb original condition, with original patina.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 43501stDibs: U1002168680182

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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