Rene Lalique Longchamp A car mascot mounted on a black glass base

£14,000.00

Antiques Reference 2561

Rene Lalique Longchamp A car mascot mounted on a black glass base

Description

Rene Lalique Longchamp A car mascot mounted on a black glass base. This is the earlier and rarer of the 2 Longchamps. Compared to the later version, this has more compact hair in 2 rows, known as a “double mane”. It has a molded R. LALIQUE on the horse’s right side at the bottom of the neck, just to the right of the front centre. It also has molded FRANCE on the horse’s left side bottom of the neck just to the left of the rear centre. This is 1 of 3 horse head car mascots marketed by Rene Lalique et Cie. All 3 were created in the summer of 1929 just before the crash. In addition to this model there is also another version of Longchamp and the Epsom. The black glass base bears an acid etched signature to one side R Lalique France. A rare and 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 Hippodrome de Longchamp is the name of the famous horse-racing facility in the Bois de Boulogne Park in western Paris. With Emperor Napoleon III in attendance, the track held its first race in 1857. And here is the early 1870’s Degas painting Racehorses At Longchamp that has been in the collection of the MFA in Boston since 1903.

More information regarding Rene Lalique can be found in the Artists Section

Date Designed 1929

Condition In excellent original condition .

Dimensions Approximate base 10cm x 14cm x 1.5 cm deep overall height including base 15.5 cm

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