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For sale: MASCOTTE AUTOMOBILE  PRINCESSE MANGBETU CITROËN EXPEDITION CENTRE-AFRIQUE 1924

MASCOTTE AUTOMOBILE PRINCESSE MANGBETU CITROËN EXPEDITION CENTRE-AFRIQUE 1924

Sculptures from CARON Alexandre Auguste
( 1857 - 1932 )

Asking reference: 12733
Printer, Edition, Brands, Fondeur : CACHET DE FONDEUR
Weight: 0.75 (Kg)
Creation date: 1924
Size: 3.7 X 9.9 X 3.9 (inches) / 9.5 x 25.0 x 10.0 (cm)
Condition backing / Material :Bronze
Condition: A (very fine)
Price: 2 650.00

Automobile mascot in Bronze representing the wife of a Mangbetu chief from the Belgian Congo.

The golden patina of the Mercury and the extraordinary chiselling of this bronze, created by the sculptor Caron, will be published on the occasion of the return of the Citroën Expedition to Central Africa.

This black princess will become the Art Deco symbol of the colonial exhibitions, she is also the most important artistic representation of the black people and their culture.

Her headdress and profile will be taken up as an icon of Art Deco design.


History

The Black Cruise is an automobile expedition that crossed the African continent from North to South between October 28, 1924 and June 26, 1925. Also known as the "Citroën Central Africa Expedition" or the "2nd Haardt Audouin-Dubreuil Mission", it was set up by André Citroën to raise awareness of his brand and open a regular motorised route across the African continent.

Beyond the simple advertising aspect, it is also an expedition with a political, cultural and scientific scope. The black cruise thus replaced the stagnant "Trans-Saharan" project by resorting, as André Citroën pointed out in 1925, to lower investments at the start and over a shorter period.

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