GUSTAVE POITVIN: ART DECO BRONZE RAM

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GUSTAVE POITVIN: ART DECO BRONZE RAM

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A green patinated bronze of a classical ram, supported on an inclined marble base.  Bearing a signature – POITVIN -- in the lower right.

Very little is known about Poitvin. He is known for his sculptures and did many car mascots during the 1920’s and 1930’s, which appeared in the Hermes catalogues of that era proposed as prestigious radiator caps. His 4¾” car mascot* of the same design won the Medaille d’Or at the Paris Auto Show in 1922.  He worked for Hermes - whether as a free-lance designer, or as an employee is unclear. There is a reference in Art & Decoration in 1922 to awards for his work.

There is a bit of raw power and slight tension in this sculpture of the ram – the representation classical in nature and, as such, an exceptional example of an “animalier” sculpture of this period.

*The car mascot was sold, Bonham’s Goodwood Automobilia sale in June of 1916. 

France - Circa 1925

11 1/4 inches high 13 inches wide 4 1/4 inches deep

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