Rene Lalique Levrier Car mascot

£6,500.00

Antiques Reference 2441

Rene Lalique Levrier Car mascot

 

Description

Description

Rene Lalique Levrier car mascot showing a running Greyhound. The mascot is intaglio molded, in clear and frosted glass.It stands on a round base. Moulded signature in capitals to the lower part of the mascot – R Lalique and France in smaller letters. Model first designed 1928 Marcilhac number 1141. Excellent original condition and a superb example

History

Rene Lalique 1880-1945 Rene Lalique was born a rural 19th century man in a pre-industrialized Europe. It was a time before light bulbs, and telephones, before automobiles and washing machines and electricity. But by the time of his death in 1945 at the dawn of the atomic age, he would have completed two careers spanning two different centuries. In 1900 at the age of 40, he was the most celebrated jeweller in the world and an art nouveau artist and designer of magnificent proportions. But by 1925 at the height of the art deco era he was the most celebrated glassmaker in the world. In between Lalique would leave his contemporaries behind as he turned from creating unique jewellery and objects d’art, to the mass production of innovative and usable art glass. He brought glass into the home of everyday people where it had never been before, and he worked out the industrial techniques to mass produce his useful art glass objects on a scale and cost to complement the spreading industrial revolution and resulting worldwide appeal.

The popularity of the car mascots was such that Lalique commissioned the Breves Gallery in Knightsbridge to supply them to British customers, and their name was placed on the side of the mounting. The original prices for the mascots started at 2 pounds twelve and sixpence, for a mounted Victoire or ‘Spirit of the Wind’. The first Lalique mascot was commissioned by the Citroën company in 1925, the ‘5 horses’, for the model 501. There followed 27 more depicting horses’ heads, various bird and animal forms, nude figures, and even a shooting star.

Date – designed 1928

Condition  Excellent original condition

Dimensions – Approx 20cm wide and 7.5 cm tall diameter 5 cm

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