Posted 10 months ago
Bronze mascot showing a mythological figure. Factory mascot for UNIC automobiles. An earlier version by Bazin is more 3 dimensional and less art deco. This is art deco at its best and you should be able to see the F. BAZIN signature !~
Mascotte Centaure Signée F. Bazin. Symbole des Automobiles Unic. Bronze argenté. H : 15 cm Signed F. Bazin. Symbol of the Unic Automobiles. Silvered bronze. H : 15 cm
I have included a photo of the artist Francois Bazin also, very similar to one in a book, as there has been no picture of him on the internet until now !~
The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze by James MacKay lists Francois V. Bazin: 1897 - 1956
Born in Paris, Oct. 31, 1897, he studied under Navallier, Denis Puesch and Injalbert. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Francois from 1913, becoming an Associate and winning an honourable mention,(1923), a bronze medal (1924) and a gold medal (1929). He specialized in heads and busts of his contemporaries and his work includes the portraits of The Bishop of Quimper (1932), Henri Levesque (1933), Madame A. le F. (1934), Charles David (1935). He also produced a group entitled "Mermaids" !~
And so Francois Bazin has been much overlooked and any info at all is a real search. Books on Art Deco have not heard of him. One thing not mentioned was that he was an Art Deco mascot designer par excellence and rated as one of the best of all time, if not the best, many mascot collectors believe this to be true !
MORE BIOGRAPHY FRESH INFO !!!
François Bazin was born in Paris in 1897 parents copper engravers and medalists. He spent his childhood in Chile where his father taught at the Beaux-Arts de Santiago. Returning to Paris in 1913, he studied at the Decorative Arts and the Higher School of Fine Arts. It is contemporary and fellow Belmondo , Fish and Despiau. Mobilized in January 1916, he joined the SPAD 164 fighter squadron commanded by Guynemer , whose squadron emblem is a stork whose engines Hispano Suiza. He is contacted after the war by the company to create the radiator cap their future automobiles incorporating bird adorning the cabins of the victorious squadron. Automotive Hispano Suiza feature "The Stork" in 1920. Between 1920 and 1935 François Bazin created a large number of automobile radiator caps: Stork (Hispano Suiza), head of Women Mangbetu ( Cruise Black Citroen), Triomphe (Isotta Fraschini) elephant head (Latil) Centaur (Unic) Licorne (Unicorn) .... Winner of numerous awards (Fine Arts National Award) François Bazin stay in Italy at the Villa Medici, Greece, Egypt (1929) and Madagascar (1956) where he made of the statues, portraits in charcoal.
Forgot to mention that I bought my mascot here from France, quite recently.