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Porcelain Art Deco racing car sculpture by Robj, Paris

Price Code: SOLD

Reference: 6707

Robj, Paris

An extremely scarce porcelain Art Deco sculpture, circa 1925, in the form of a streamlined racing car with female driver in period attire. The body with black red and gilded glaze detailing, and a lift-off bonnet (hood). Stamped to the underside ROBJ PARIS MADE IN FRANCE.

The House of Robj was set up by Jean Born in 1908 and was an anagram of his name. Robj was principally a design house rather than a manufacturer and they sponsored an annual design exhibition to encourage new talent. Their products were made by ceramic and porcelain manufacturers, principally Villeroy and Boch, commissioned especially by Robj. Jean Born tragically died in a car accident in 1922, but the company continued under the direction of his partner, Lucien Willmetz, until 1931, and the 1920s are considered the golden age of the company.

This perfect piece of Art Deco styling is illustrated in ‘The Motor Car in Art, The Raymond E. Holland Automotive Art Collection’ by John Zolomij, published in 1990.

Length overall: 12 inches (30 cm)

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