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Domenico Mastroianni (1876-1962), 1908

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‘Championnat de la Mer’ Monaco, 1908

The waters off the coast of Monaco, the beloved playground of the rich and famous (and infamous), was the setting for a spectacular series of motor boat races between 1908 and 1912 that still exude an air of romance for many.

Pioneer French carmakers, aware of the future potential of Canots Automobiles (motor boats) as leisure craft, developed marine power units derived with considerable ingenuity, from existing automobile engines. Established Italian monumental sculptor Domenico Mastroianni (1876-1962) created this supreme example of a marine trophy in bronze which was presented to luxury French
marque Panhard et Levassor following a convincing victory in the 1908 event.

This large and historically important cire perdue (lost wax) bronze depicts two motorboats cresting the waves surmounted by two sea goddesses rising from the water bearing the victor’s laurels.

Mounted on its original honed granite plinth, signed and marked, this superb trophy from the dawn of motor boating is of museum quality and importance.

Length: 29 inches (74 cm).

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