‘The Latil Elephant’ by Bazin, 1920
Price Code: SOLD
Francois Bazin (French, 1897-1956)
A very striking Art Deco marble pen tray featuring to the centre a polished heavy cast car mascot in the form of an elephant, with trunk held aloft. The mascot’s octagonal plinth has a moulded signature F.BAZIN to one side and the word LATIL is set to the front. An extremely strong design from 1920, Latil Elephant mascots are particularly hard to find, and are therefore highly desirable. French, circa 1920.
Length: 9 inches (23 cm)
Depth: 6 inches (15 cm)
Height: 5 inches (13 cm).
Illustrated: ‘Motoring Mascots of the World’ by William C. Williams book, Plate 407.
Bazin is regarded as the best of the various French Art Deco sculptors who included bronze car mascots in their oeuvre. Apart from this rare accessory mascot, Bazin sculpted the ‘Cigogne Volante’ for Hispano-Suiza, and the ‘Centaur’ for UNIC amongst others, offering collectors the opportunity to personalise their automobiles during the 1920’s. Latil was French automotive company that produced commercial vehicles in the 1920s.
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