Jacques Saoutchik — Maitre Carrossier
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- ISBN-10: 1854432699
- ISBN-13: 9781854432698
by Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erickson
The story of Jacques Saoutchik and his life spans eight decades, two world wars, a flight from Imperial Russia, incarceration, the birth of the automobile and its design, the Great Depression, the heyday of the Carrosserie D'Automobile Luxe in France and its subsequent annihilation - all set against a backdrop of glittering socialites, artists, demi-mondes and couturiers who populated the chic salons of Paris. It was an endless pursuit of elegance, a merry-go-round of the rich and famous - by atantly ignoring the facts of life, which in the end found itself obliterated when the music stopped. It was a way of life that was trampled by the most fundamental political and social upheavals the worl d has ever seen. On top, Jacques Saoutchik lived a personal life which for decades involved maintaining two completely separate families, each knowing of the existence of the other.
And then there are the cars. The fabulous, extraordinary, extravagant, spectacular works of art that Jacques Saoutchik designed and manufactured. He was the greatest artist the coach building industry has ever seen.
- Volume I: The Life of a Jeweler in Steel
It contains the story of the life of Jacques Saoutchik from 1880 to 1957. His flight from Russia, how he built and rebuilt his enterprise, as well as the vicissitudes of his life are described in detial, all set against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of the wars, anti-Semitism and strife of the 20th century. There are more than 800 images in this volume alone. These include many personal and private photographs from the two Saouthik families which have never been published before.
- Volume II: The Language of Design
It deals with the rare design drawings of Saoutchik, more than 250 of which are reproduced in high quality, and includes detailed analysis of the designs from 1908 to 1954. Each description can be read on its own. However, taken as a whole, the design discussions form a progressive analysis of the entire body of work that was designed by the Carrosserie de Luxe, J. Saoutchik across five decades. Also included is an essay by the American restorer David Cooper concerning the restoration of a 1947 Saoutchik Delahaye 135M.
- Volume III: Heavenly Bodies
It is a large photographic record of cars built by Saoutchik from 1907 to 1954. There are more than 800 old and new images, many of which have never been published before. In total, they provide a dazzling pictorial history of the varied work of Jacques Saoutchik and his son, Pierre. The images provide visual proof as to why so many hold Saoutchik as one of the greatest coachbuilders of all time. Also included is a spreadsheet of known cars with chassis numbers.
Buch, Hardcover, 3 Bände im Schuber, 22 x 30 cm, insges. 1.164 Seiten, 1.933 Abbildungen, englischer Text
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