Item of the Month - April 2019

1922 Exceptionally fine and rare Mermaid (Sirene) car mascot by George Colin

Exceptional French silvered bronze mascot with original patina. A very graceful, stylish and beautiful nude young Mermaid with long hair rising from waves, with hands outstretched in a graceful beckoning pose. Deeply impressed signature G.Colin, plus C&L (Contenot- Lelievre) foundry oval stamp, with number 22 (within oval surround) plus deeply impressed 2208, to the side of the base, plus circular foundry detailed cartouche seal and ‘10’ deeply impressed into the side of the base from the highly prestigious Fabricants de Bronzes Syndicat des Bronzes 1818, Unis, France, signed F...Villain, which was a recognised bronze stamping seal depicting absolute fineness and authenticity.

This extremely fine car mascot was marketed and exclusively distributed by Hermes in Paris from 1922-1925, and was awarded the prestigious Medaillee for outstanding mascot design organised by L'Auto magazine in 1922 at the Paris Motor Show.

Mounted and displayed on a period silvered radiator cap over a fine burr walnut turned wooden base. It still carries its original deep silver plating, and has never been abused or restored in any way, a 100% totally correct and a truly OUTSTANDING 'Mascot Masterpiece' Sold with photocopy of advertising page from Hermes, showing a photo of the mascot with its 1922 L’Auto Concourse outstanding mascot design award.

Measurements :

Mascot 14cms tall, 15cms long. 22cm in total with cap and wooden base.

Condition :

Outstanding in every respect, 100% original silver plating, exceptional detail, fine signatures, numbers etc.

Sculptor :

George Colin was a master sculptor born in Vincennes on April 26th 1876. As a student of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, he exhibited his work for the first time in 1899. He later studied under Valton, a highly respected master of naturalism. Valton's influence can be seen clearly in the structural and facial detail of this fantastic example of Colin's work. He produced another fine mascot, the winged Icarus, adopted for Farman cars, but the only nude mascot distributed by Hermes was this outstanding one.

Detail on distributer :

Hermès of Paris is the premier French luxury goods manufacturer started in 1837. It has been consistently ranked as the world’s most valuable luxury brand. Hermès as a brand enjoys an iconic status in the world of luxury. A combination of rich heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, eye for detail and high levels of quality and professionalism through the entire manufacturing process gives Hermès a position of superiority in the world of luxury. Charles-Émile Hermès moved the company’s shop to 24 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris in 1880 where it remains to this very day and is the company’s global headquarters.

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