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Macassar ebony box with a silvered Bugatti plaque

This wonderful stylish box is in macassar ebony veneer. At each end of the hinged lid are two inlaid strips of what appears to be resin that run vertically from the back of the box to the front. In the middle of the lid is a rectangular silvered metal (probably bronze) plaque. The plaque depicts an early Bugatti being driven from left to right, with a winged figure behind and a landscape in the background. The plaque is signed "Morlon" and is stamped "Club Bugatti France" along the bottom.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 1lb 1.25ozs - 489gms
Height: 1.61ins - 4.1cms
Width: 10.16ins - 25.8cms
Depth: 5.39ins - 13.7cms

Pierre Alexandre Morlon
French artist & sculptor.
Created mainly small works in bronze, eg. plaques, decorative and military medals but he also created some large stone & bronze memorials.
Born in Macon in 1878 he studied under Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière (1831-1900), Jules Clement Chaplain (1839-1909), Henri Dubois (1853-1943) and Marius Jean Antonin Mercié 1845-1916) at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
He exhibited at the Salon from 1900, winning medals in 1903 and 1906 and was awarded a gold medal in 1920 and the Medal of Honour in 1926.
He designed the French WW1 Victory Medal and the French coinage that replaced the silver coins and came into circulation in 1928.

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