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André-Vincent Becquerel (French, 1893-1981)


‘Voiture en Course’

A large and imposing motor-racing bronze sculpture executed circa 1928, depicting a stylized Bugatti or Alfa-Romeo racing car at speed, with driver and co-driver graphically shown in concentration. It is likely that the motor-race depicted is the Mille Miglia, which had commenced the previous year, in which driver and co-driver raced together, unlike a Grand Prix where the diver raced alone. The bronze has its original dark green/brown patina, and is signed ‘A.V Becquerel’ in the bronze and is mounted on a bespoke limed hardwood base.

Length: 28 inches (71 cm)
Height: 19 inches (48 cm)
Depth: 12 inches (30 cm).

This is the only known cast of this work, and is an unusual subject for Becquerel to sculpt. Normally, his works tend to depict feline animals in the style of Rembrandt Bugatti, or avian/aquatic subjects. The scale and detail of the sculpture suggest it may have been used or offered as a Winner’s Trophy.

Price Code: £££££

Reference: 6474

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