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‘Vers la Victoire’ by Pierre de Soete, 1923

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A highly important bronze and sandstone motor-racing trophy by Pierre de Soete.

Pierre de Soete is regarded as having been one of Belgium’s leading early 20th century sculptors. Whilst still only in his thirties, he was commissioned by the Belgian motor manufacturer to design and create a mascot, the result being ‘Minerva – Goddess of Peace’, introduced in 1922 and considered today to be one of the most striking and sought-after of all manufacturer’s mascots.

In 1923, he sculpted this superb and massive trophy, entitled ‘Vers la Victoire’ (‘Towards Victory’), which he dedicated to his friends, the Belgian racing drivers Leopold and Robert Guelis. It is thought that the Guelis brothers competed in the Targa Florio race in Sicily that year.

Length: 37 inches (92 cms)
Height: 15 inches (38 cms)

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