by Albert Ernest Sanchez. Depicting a gigantic baby chick standing over snail mascot. Signed A. Sanchez and with the most highly respected of all Parisian Founders seals 'Cire Perdue C. Valsuani'.
This is one of the earliest Motoring mascots ever devised. c.1913. Made by a true master sculptor in hollow Cire Perdue (lost wax) nickel bronze with a wonderful hidden meaning - The Dawn of Flight, over the pioneering motorist, beautifully represented by the gigantic baby bird trying to squash the sturdy snail! The detail and casting is truly exceptional, and this is a unique piece of great importance, and a truly wonderful work of art. Sanchez was born in Paris on April 24th 1878 and studied under the great masters Falguire, Mercie and Gardet, and exhibited figures at the Salon des Artistes Francais, winning an honourable mention in 1904.