A fabulous early 20th Century silvered bronze car mascot in the form of a standing bear with excellent hand finished detail and colour, signed Ch Paillet and raised on original radiator base and circular stepped wooden plinth.
Height: 15 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Silvered Bronze
Charles Paillet (French, 1871 ~ 1937) Paillet studied sculpture under Georges Gardet. Paillet’s first exhibit was in the Salon of 1897 and he exhibited regularly until 1921. Most of his works were cast by the foundry Thiebault Freres both in lost wax and by the sand-cast method. A few of his works have been recorded bearing the F. Barbedienne foundry mark also. Charles Paillet, Georges Gardet, Rene Paris, as well as others make up the second generation of Animalier sculptors and exhibited their works between the great period of animal bronzes and the art deco period that was to replace the naturalistic Animalier style.
The Art Deco Period
The Art Deco Period: although Art Deco derives its name from the great 1925 Paris Exhibition, ‘L’Exposition Internatlionale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, the term is now generally applied to the typical artistic productions of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It might best be characterised as an attempt to unite arts with industry, embracing the machine age and repudiating the old antithesis of ‘Fine’ and ‘Industrial’ art. The sources of the Art Deco movement include Egyptian and Mayan Art, Cubisim, Fauvism and Expressionism, heavily influencing the chief force underlying all Art Deco with the emphasis upon geometric patterns.