Nue sur roue ailée (Nude on winged wheel) Fabulous exceptionally rare and fine hollow cast Cire Perdue silvered bronze spectacular Jean Verschneider car mascot 1920, Signed Jean Verschneider, Cast at the Goldscheider foundry. It is a massive and highly impressive Allegorical inspired piece depicting a beautiful smiling young nude girl steering a winged wheel. It is mounted on a fine silvered bronze radiator cap over a wooden mounting base.
Incredibly fine detail everywhere, hollow cast Cire Perdue separate jointed pieces involved in the very complicated and precise casting. Her supremely graceful body flows in perfect harmony, and the winged steering wheel is the supreme design touch. It was the largest nude mascot ever produced in France. Perfect for a gigantic quality early motorcar of 1920's, or for a perfectionist car mascot collector to be the highlight of their collection. A highly important Mascot ‘Work of Art’.
Jean Verschneider (born in Lyons France in 1872 died 1943) was a well known, highly talented and extremely versatile French artist/ bronze sculptor who also studied under Injalbert and Perrin, exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris, getting an honourable mention in 1909, and worked as a metal artist creating a collection of decorative lacquered metal vases. He also created statues for Goldscheider and produced a handful of car mascots, including a famous car mascot called 'The Kid' which depicted Jackie Coogan from the movie of the same name.
Friedrich Goldscheider came from the small Bohemian city of Pilsen to Vienna in 1855 and founded the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory. It became one of the most influential ceramic manufactories of terracotta, faience and bronze objects in Austria with subsidiaries in Paris, Leipzig and Florence. For over half a century Goldscheider created masterpieces of historical revivalism, Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) and Art Deco. Famous artists such as Jean Verschneider, Josef Lorenzl, Stefan Dakon, Ida Meisinger and the two perhaps best known Austrian ceramic artists Michael Powolny and Vally Wieselthier worked for Goldscheider. Several of the artists who worked for and with Goldscheider also worked for other Viennese studios, such as Augarten, Keramos or for the German brands Rosenthal and Meissen. Since the very beginning many of these won first prizes and gold medals at innumerable world fairs, exhibitions and trade fairs.
Dimensions : 31cms long, 22cms wide, 23cms mascot and radiator cap height.
Condition : It is in truly outstanding totally original condition with amazing fine detail everywhere.
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