St. Christopher dashboard cigarette dispenser, 1920
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Georges-Henri Prud’homme (French, 1873–1947)
A highly unusual silvered-bronze dashboard mounted cigarette dispenser, featuring a finely detailed applied St. Christopher plaque to the front, the dispenser with back plate for mounting has two cylinders either side to take pencils, and a lift-up lid for filling, bearing a small medallion engraved MINISTERRE DE FINANCES, with ‘IC’ monogram either side. The plaque signed G PRUDHOMME, lower left. French, circa 1920.
Size: 5 inches (13 cm) long, 4 inches (10 cm tall).
Prud’homme, sculptor and medallist, was born in Landes, France. He attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied sculpture under Falguière and engraving under Alphée Dubois. Exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon from 1894, he received la Légion d’Honneur in 1923. Prud’homme’s works feature in the collections of both the British Museum and the Science Museum, amongst others.
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