An excellent nickel plated bronze Car Mascot, in the form of a running hare with a fabulous hand chased surface detail and good hand finished detail, signed AEL for the Lejeune Company, raised and fitted on an ebonised wooden plinth
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Height: 10 cm
Width: 9 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Nickel Plated Bronze
Louis Lejeune – English (1910 ~ 2010) The name Lejeune has been synonymous with first class bronze founding for the best part of 100 years. Established in 1910 as AE Lejeune (AEL) by Emil Lejeune and his wife Augustine, the company concentrated on small ornamental bronzes, decorative architectural fittings and, with the spread of the automobile, car mascots. The first of these produced by the company was almost certainly the "Speed Nymph", the design for which was registered in 1917. The success of this first mascot enabled Emil to commission work from some of the best known artists of the day; many existing patterns bear the initials of sculptors such as Frederic Bazin and Charles Paillet. It was not long before Lejeune had established itself, and by 1929 was being described as "the world's largest motor car mascot manufacturer". Louis Lejeune took over and renamed the company in 1933. Louis Lejeune Ltd was run from premises in Great Portland Street until 1978, when it was bought by the sculptor Sir David Hughes.
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