LIEGE/NESSONVAUX. Action de F100, first issue. brown, green. #50000. No 14506. Important and attractive share, in spite of the somewhat tired condition (several small edge-tears, heavy folds with tiny holes). Pieper built cars at Liège from 1899 to 1903. The original model was a voiturette with a single-cylinder 3,5hp, or a 2-cylinder 6hp, engine. In 1900 these were joined by an electric 2-seater and a petrol-electric car. This had the same appearance as the pure electric, but had a petrol engine coupled to an electric motor under the seat. In 1902 a 12hp 4-cylinder chain-drive tonneau was made. Later, Auto-Mixte petrol-electric vehicles were made to Pieper designs. Pieper also manufactured handguns. The lovely design, part in Jugendstil/Art Nouveau, shows Diana the goddess of hunting, with a lady carmaker, and a road scene showing the company's car. The design is by Emile BERCHMANS, painter, engraver and designer, born in Liège in 1867. A pupil of his father at the Academy at Liège, he painted the ceilings of the theatres at Liège and Verviers, and also the dome of St. Michael’s Church, Aachen. He also worked in book- and magazine-illustration. This share has it all: history (a very big name in early Belgian car industry), artistic design (the prettiest of all Belgian car pieces) and extreme rarity.
Themes: ARMS â€“ MILITARY, AUTOMOBILES
Date: 10 October 1898
Startprice: € 400