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

Summary

  • Type 
    Automobilia
  • Lot number 
    124
  • Location

Description

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.