Impressive French Bronze Bust of Jean Mermoz Aviator on Marble Base A. Ouline
Presented is a fantastic quality bronze bust of French aviator Jean Mermoz
(b.1901-d.1936). This bronze is by Alexandre Ouline, a renowned Belgian sculptor
active c. 1918-1940. Ouline lived in and did much of his work in France, so it's
no wonder the heroic figure of Jean Mermoz caught his artistic eye. The bust
depicts the aviator in a very dynamic style, with his head turned to the left
and the look of wind blowing in his hair. By his right shoulder is a stylized
mass of clouds or waves with a double propeller plane at the forefront. The
bronze is mounted on a rectangular base of sumptuous black marble, with striking
trans-Atlantic aviation and in particular worked as a carrier for Air France
delivering airmail just prior to the second World War. In 1936, Mermoz
disappeared at sea during his last such flight after a hasty repair of one
engine, and neither he nor any of the crew or the plane were recovered; a later
investigation of the circumstances of the plane's disrepair found it to be a
result of Nazi sabotage. Mermoz remains a hero of French aviation and is
considered the 'French Lindbergh.'
The bronze is in great overall condition. There is some wear to the patina
here and there, please let the photos guide your judgment. The base has some
minor chipping to the corners here and there but otherwise is in great shape
with no cracks or significant losses, and is securely bolted to the bronze.
The bronze is signed for Alexandre Ouline on the back.
The bronze measures about 15 inches tall at the highest point, with a base
that measures about 19 ¾ by 7 ½ inches.
The bronze weighs 49.6 pounds or 22.5 kilograms.