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    Posted 6 years ago

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    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.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      This is wonderful !.... So glad to see you're posting again Phil.
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      I second that.....both parts!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      I missed your treasures, Phil!
      Welcome back :-)
    4. Moonhill Moonhill, 6 years ago
      Long see!!
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thank you mikelv85, sklo42, kyratango and Moonhill for the nice comments, very appreciated.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Welcome back mate.
    7. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Stunning piece and loved the write up . Welcome back my friend and anxious to see more posts of your fantastic collections and sharing your knowledge on mascots with us who never get chance to see some of these master pieces xo
    8. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 6 years ago
      So happy to see you again Phil, a hug to you!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Ben tornato PHIL !!!
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      What a beautiful item and thank you for this great research and also thanks for sharing your expertise again.
    11. AzTom AzTom, 6 years ago
      Very Nice!
      Welcome back, love the mascots you post.
      My budget only allows me to collect the 1/2 scale replica versions.
    12. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Super Phil!! love your posts and Glad your back !!!
    13. Aimathena Aimathena, 6 years ago
      Big hugs! Hope all is well
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2 for the welcome, appreciatd.
    15. davyd286, 6 years ago
      Great design and very informative post, look forward to more!
    16. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      OMG!!! Hieeeeee! I have missed you so much and although I'm not able to be here much I am sooo glad to see you! lol I got so excited I couldn't even read your post!!! YEA!
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Phil, do you need more evidence of how much you have been missed !! LOL!!! Made serious note & avoid the bum'ble clot. You are more valuable to us by far !!
    18. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
      Hey Phil! good to have you back!
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Phil. Seems you have a fan club !
    20. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thanks Blunderbuss2, have missed you also, we all had our 15 minutes fame back on this site it seems.
    21. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thank you Manikin, love to you also.
    22. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      Great post!
    23. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      Late to the party! But happy to see you're back. Can't wait to see your stunning pieces again. This mascot is gorgeous and your post is what I like to read here, with all the info and details about the piece and the sculptor.
    24. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
      Nice to see you back Phil !!
    25. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Love to both of you Aimathena and Verginia.vintage
    26. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
      Amazing stuff! Love the photo as well....
    27. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      Welcome back:) missed all your hood ornaments!!
    28. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thanks Trey, I appreciate that !~
    29. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks olebodie there are those that talk behind peoples backs and then try to claim they had no part, when I read what they were saying before they deleted it. Sean who...?
    30. Windwalker, 4 years ago
      very cool...
    31. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you antiquerose, much love to you !~
    32. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 9 months ago
      Wow, I hadn't seen this before - I guess someone must have spotted it and "loved" it! I do too. What a powerful, sleek, streamlined piece of sculpture. Absolutely stunning.
    33. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 9 months ago
      Thank you rhineisfine, not sherman but loved as much equally !~
    34. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
    35. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      I got this image above when I googled 1928 UNIC.
    36. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 9 months ago
      Yes, that is one also. However I think that one is over 3000-6000 dollars.
    37. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 months ago
      If you have the Queen's ear, could you ask if it's too late for the lower colonies to surrender ? They don't seem to be doing too well right now.

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