Paul Moreau Vauthier, 1871-1936. A French sculptor who first came to attention with his sculpture La Parisienne, exhibited at the Exposition Universale, Paris,1909. Moreau Vauthier is perhaps most famous for his Murs Des Federes-Victimes des Revolutions Wall Sculpture on Avenue Gambetta,Paris.
The Michelin Trophy, an Allegorical sculpture created to commerate Louis Bleriot first cross channel aeroplane flight. Depicting an early aviator mounting Pegasus whilst battling to fly from Mother Earth.
The piece has an inscription in script lettering which reads "L'Homme enfourchant sa Machine Volante echappre a l'Attraction de la Terre"-The Man by the aid of his Aeroplane overcomes the Attractions of the Earth.
Sivered Bronze, original patination, signed in the cast P Moreau Vauthier Sclpt, & by Susse Freres Fondeur, Paris,who it is thought created several large examples of this work for presentation to aviation companies & pioneer aviators & also a small number of miniature casts such as this example which were presented as personal mementoes of the Michelin Trophy.
Overall Height 20.5cm. French,circa 1920s.