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Femme Voisseau, about 1920-1925

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Posted 2 years ago


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Femme Voisseau, circa 1920-1925

This "Bird Girl" mascot came from an obscure auction in England which there was no on line bidding. The pictures were very small and not too good and when I phoned the next day in around the 25 of July I was told I did not get anything at the auction. I was sent a wrong invoice and that was thankfully deleted for some other pieces I did not bid on.

In very early September I got an invoice for this item saying that they had some problems with the auction site. So I was very surprised to find I had left a good enough bid for the piece.

I got my piece from the auction house in England this afternoon. The patina on the bronze is still there. The bird girl is of the finest quality of any of my pieces, and the best of any I have ever seen. The quality of chasing gives the impression almost of a special piece done to order. I have never seen better, even the strands of hair are etched precisely on her bobbed cut, the feathers are superb !!~
Gorgeous art deco piece, so lucky the auction fluke worked to my advantage. There is just a #1 etched into the round little base. I have never seen this in any other collection, even in the books, leading me to believe I have a piece possibly not seen before. I have sent the picture to one author, (he said he had never seen it) and one other author I just sent this picture to in France, Michel Legrand, said he has never seen this piece either, leading me now to believe its a one of a kind piece !
This is one car mascot I believe is my best to date !~ I will possibly add another photo once I find the appropriate base, needs something unusual and fine.

The photos are enhanced in a brown color which is painted on the computer, the piece does have a much more natural brown patina which has little rubbing.

And now after 4 months more since I posted this I have contacted the 3 foremost authors of books on Car Mascots, and none have ever seen this piece. They all liked the piece, and I know I would have been so heartbroken if I never got the piece. Sometimes an antique can pierce the heart much as a real arrow from a bow !!~


  1. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    Wonderful fluid movement. This is pure sculpture!

    Building a base might be tricky, though, given the mount point is behind and the bulk of the weight is forward. Something weighted or heavy might work...stone, maybe?
  2. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Wow! it's so beautiful Phil. I am happy that you won the bid ;)
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    It is beautiful, the details are amazing.
    To be surprised weeks later with the win makes it that much better.
    Always impressed with what you find.

  4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Amazing piece Phil !! W-O-W I am in love with it . So glad it found a good home to be cherished .
    PS We are on way to pick up a few pieces soon lol keep doors locked :-)
  5. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Another fine example that clearly shows these mascots are stand-alone works of sculptural art.
  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you Rob, Mani,David, Sean, bratjdd, cogito, trukn20, rocker-sd, vertraio50, mrmajestic1, blunderbuss2, official fuel. Thanks for the love !~
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    You know, I'll have to post some of these type of treasure. I have a couple, well several to be more trueful. Nothing this classic, but have some that are from some strange makers. Thanks for sharing these wonderful mascots.
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 12 months ago
    Thank you kerry for the comment, love all your posts.
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 12 months ago
    Thanks for all the loves smiata, TrustyHuckster, musikchoo, pops52, Tallsteve, petey, toolate2, inky, Manikin, gargoylecollector, lundy, & kerry10456 !~
    Thank you for all the comments, on this piece, & I was never more excited on winning this than any other !~
  10. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 11 months ago
    Much love back to you imander, thank you for the love !~
  11. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 10 months ago
    Thank you SEAN68 and undreal for the love, much appreciated !~
  12. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you undreal for the love, very much appreciated !~
  13. inky inky, 9 months ago
    Have to love this is sooo! beautiful...:-)
  14. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you inky again, one of my favourites also !~
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you Moonstonelover21 for the love, always love your visit !~
  16. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you Justanovice for the love, so much appreciated !~
  17. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you for the love, Dr. Fluffy, very much appreciated and right back at you !~
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you aeon for the like.
  19. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 8 months ago
    Thank you pops52 for the love, much appreciated !~
  20. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 7 months ago
    Thanks bratjdd for the love, highly appreciated !~
  21. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 months ago
    She reminds me of my Harpy vases. Check out freiwaldartpottery harpy
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 7 months ago
    Thanks Fledermaus, I take that as a compliment as your Harpy vases are particularly incredible. Beautiful !~
  23. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 7 months ago
    Thanks fledermaus, I forgot to thank you for the love also, much appreciated !~
  24. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you Mani for the love, love back to you always !~
  25. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you Kerry for the last love, very appreciated !~
  26. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 months ago
    Not a problem Phil, You're very welcome, love looking through these several times, they're amazing to look at.
  27. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thanks - I have been trying to fix a lot of my first pics on the site.
  28. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 5 months ago
    Thank you vanskyock24 for the love, so kind of you !~
  29. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 month ago
    Thank you for the loves Vintagefran, leanna25, tom61375, vintagecarmascot, paul templer, sarahoff !~

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