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French Bronze World WarI Renault FT17 Tank
ML15294
 
Price £ 2950.00
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Description
By Pierre-Felix Fix-Masseau French 1869-1937 A bronze model of a World War I Renault FT17 Tank: rising on a naturalistic base, with indistinct signature, dark brown patination, height 25cm base 40cm x 20cm Footnotes, Born in Lyons, France, Fix-Masseau (1869-1937) exhibited figures and groups at the Salon des Artistes Francais at the turn of the twentieth century and was awarded a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and the Legion d'Honneur in 1907. The Renault FT-17 tank modelled by Masseau most probably at the end of the war which was subsequently cast in bronze as a small desk model and also as a radiator mascot came into service with the allied forces in 1917. With the first fully rotating gun turret it is perhaps the most famous and influential tank design of the early 20th century. Developed for infantry support it was manufactured in both France and under license in the USA where it was also the first American mass produced tank. In addition it was also used as the basis for the first Russian tank when early French and American examples were captured by the White Russian forces who then re-manufactured them for their own use.