François Chevalier (French, born 1942)
Price Code: SOLD
‘Bugatti Type 59’.
A dynamic heavy-cast verdigris-patinated bronze depicting a competition Type 59 at speed. Stamped in the bronze FC.
Length: 46 cm
François Chevalier is an ex-racing driver and former manager of the Paul Ricard racing circuit located in the south of France. As a highly accomplished painter and sculptor, he is perhaps best known for his life-sized bronze sculpture of William Grover-Williams seated in his Bugatti Type 35B, the winner of the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. This monumental work is located in the middle of St. Devote, the first corner of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco, as a permanent reminder of the first ever victor of the event. For safety reasons, the sculpture is carefully removed for the race each year, and then replaced afterwards.
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