R Lalique Perche Car Mascot

R Lalique Perche Car Mascot
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A very fine early 20th Century opalescent and frosted glass Art Deco car mascot of a swimming fish with excellent hand finished detail and beautiful sky blue opalescent colour, signed R Lalique France.

Swimming Perch
Catalogue Number: 1158
Signature identification: “R. Lalique France” moulded in relief under body of fish
Date introduced: April 20, 1929
Dimensions: 18 cm long

Felix Marcilhac Catalogue Raisonné Page 503

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Opalescent Glass

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R.Lalique – Catalogue Raisonné by Felix Marcilhac

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Lalique Car Mascots

Rene Lalique was a unique talent who managed to excel and gain recognition for his inventive and often dramatic jewellery. His creations embraced both the natural and fantasy worlds that epitomised the French Art Nouveau style that had evolved during the last decade of the 19th century.

During those years Lalique had experimented with the potential offered by glass, despite being of token value, and on occasion used it in his highly prized jewellery.

The year 1925 not only witnessed the important ‘Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’ held in the centre of Paris, and where Lalique’s glass achieved international acclaim, but also his introduction of his first ever glass car mascot.

The mascot in question was commissioned by Citroen and featuring five leaping horses shown in overlapping profile, ‘Cinq Chevaux’ was designed for car with the same name and horsepower.

This was soon followed by ‘Comete’ a five pointed star with a stylised geometric vapour tail that, as with the twenty eight mascots including Perche that were to follow over the next four years, was never intended for a specific vehicle but retailed as a ‘Maison Lalique’ option that could be fitted to most motor cars.

In London Lalique’s premier retailer was the Breves Gallery situated in Basil Street just around the corner from Harrods in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge. In 1932 the company retailed most mascots including Perche for 2 guineas or 3 guineas mounted on your car bonnet. The mounts used had the additional benefit of incorporating a dynamo powered light bulb and could also be fitted with coloured glass disc in either red, green, blue, mauve amber or white. All this allowed each mascots full dramatic appeal to come alive after dark.

Most mascots were offered in clear and frosted glass whilst others were offered in opalescent glass, for example the Perche, Naiade and the Sirene mermaids, an internal milky white translucing through pink to amber achieved by adding certain fluorites to the demi-crystal body or to use the technical term the ‘metal’ to which 12% lead oxide had been added. Even rarer are those examples produced showing specific colours such as blue, amethyst, purple, brown topaz or amber.

The diversity of subjects featured is testament to Lalique’s fertile imagination and include animal, bird, insect, perche and human subjects. The fantasy subjects of mermaids represented by Sirene and Naiade were also particularly popular.

Other figural mascots include ‘Vitesse’ modelled as a female nude kneeling forwards with arms reaching behind to her shoulder length hair, ‘Chrysis’ a similar subject but with her body acutely arched backwards in a stance of evocation and ‘Sirene’ featuring a seated mermaid with coiled tail.

Even a dear little seated frog ‘Grenouille’ can set you back in excess of £12,000 whilst being easily enhanced by a green glass filter that might enable it to feel at home alongside other vehicles mounted with Lalique’s version of a large Dragonfly ‘Grande Libellule’ shown with wings aloft whilst his ‘Petit Libellule’ is depicted with wings closed.

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