Frank's Heaven is located in Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Car Mascot - A E Lejeune - St Christopher - Signed
REF: 210 / LA317741
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This is a rare, if not unique, mascot - it is likely that this is an individually commissioned car mascot and it has AEL Copyright to the side. Across the top of the base behind the legs, it is signed by the artist. It looks as though the artist could be Paillet. though this is not absolutely clear and the photographs will have to be relied upon to discern the signature. The base stand is for display purposes only and is not original. However the bracket shown in the photographs is the original and is sold with this mascot. While it is true that many bronze sculptures you may have seen have been given a brown patina, the natural color of quality made bronze is actually gold. I have owned this Car Mascot for at least 20 years and it has never been cleaned. History The company was founded in London in 1910 as AE Lejeune (AEL), by a French silversmith Emil Lejeune and his wife Augustine (known as “Mimi”), who had arrived in England from Paris in 1904. The company initially made small ornamental bronze sculptures and architectural fittings. It later found a market for car mascots, the first of these was probably the “Speed Nymph”, the design for which was registered in 1917. Emil went on to commission mascots from well known sculptors such as Frederic Bazin and Charles Paillet. In 1926, they moved premises from Hallam Street to Great Portland Street. By 1929, AEL was being described as “the world’s largest motor car mascot manufacturer”. They were commissioned by leading British motor manufacturers to produce their official mascots; these included the Star Motor Company, Crossley Motors, Alvis Car and Engineering Company, Rolls-Royce Limited and Bentley Motors Limited.
Frank's Heaven has clarified that the Car Mascot - A E Lejeune - St Christopher - Signed (LA317741) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1920
Very good condition
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This Car Mascot - A E Lejeune - St Christopher - Signed is located in Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom