Rene Lalique – A very fine frosted glass car mascot modelled as a standing wild boar (Sanglier) heightened with grey staining and hand finished with excellent surface detail, signed R Lalique France twice – once moulded to the side and once etched under the base.
Marcilhac number 1157. Date first introduced October 3 1929. Excellent original condition with a little scratching to the underside of the base
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 jeweler 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 jewelry 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’.
Date c 1929