Posted 6 years ago
Centaur by Francois Bazin who became one of the most innovative and recognized sculptors of automobile mascots of the 20th century. The sculpture is chased well on both sides. I usually buy 90 per cent of my mascot purchases from Paris, France since I prefer the French mascots over the American hood ornaments.
This model was specifically presented for the UNIC 8 cylinder type produced between 1928 and 1929. The second photo shows the complete original version with cast aluminum thermometer and facetted radiator cap. The UNIC Centaur mascots, designed by F. Bazin, can have two particularities even when perfectly authentic : either the bow is an integral part of the mold and cast in bronze : or the bow is a simple brass rod.
The third photo is a letter dated November 6th, 1922 from Automobiles UNIC demanding an exchange of a Centaur mascot with a broken tail. The Centaur logo was used from 1921 onwards.
The 4th photo is of Francois Victor Jose Johannes Bazin in his studio. I did the coloring on the photo. Bazin was a Sculptor of statues and engraver of medals. He was born October 31, 1897 in Paris and died in 1956. Between 1920 and 1935 François Bazin creates a large number of automobile radiator caps: Stork (1920 Hispano Suiza), head Woman Mangbetu ( Black Cruise Citroën), Triumph (Isotta Fraschini), elephant head (Latil) , Centaur (Unic) Licorne (Unicorn). He won first prize of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1925. He was a student at L'Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in 1913. Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, promoted to Beaux Arts Class of 1928, national fine arts prize (Greece, Italy, Egypt) 1929.
Info from the Ency of Sculptors on Bazin apart from what is on the net is that he was born in Paris. He studied under Navellier, Denis Puech, and also Injalbert who I admire as a sculptor. Bazin became an Associate and winning an Honourable Mention 1923, a bronze medal in 1924, and a gold medal in 1929. He specialized in heads and busts of his contemporaries and his work includes the portraits of the Bishop of Quimper in 1932, Henri Levesque in 1933, Madame A. Le F. in 1934 and Charles David in 1935. He also produced a group called Mermaids.