Posted 3 years ago
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 !!~