Lalique greyhound mascot at Christie’s auction

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2015-06-26 11:08:31

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Lalique greyhound mascot at Christie’s auction

Lalique greyhound mascot at Christie’s auction

A stunning selection of Lalique glass will be headlined by a greyhound mascot with royal provenance at Christie’s November 13th auction, dedicated to the French glassmaker.

Designed in 1929 for HRH Prince George, later the Duke of Kent, by René Lalique himself, it bears the maker’s signature.

Known as the Levrier, A., this model was never put into production, thus this is the only known example, an additional enticement as well as this impressive provenance. It is expected to sell for £300,000-£500,000.

René Lalique designed thirty car mascots between 1920 and 1931. With the advent of Ford’s assembly-line method for mass car production, people sought ways to personalise their automobiles.

Before the car manufacturers offered their own hood ornaments, affluent owners would adorn theirs with favourite designs, generally in metal.

Lalique capitalised on this trend, adapting his perfume bottle and paperweight designs to suit the space above the car radiator.

Lalique’s Art Deco glass mascots were luxurious, intended for the most exclusive clients and their stylish automobiles. They are still considered among the most treasured automotive accessories.

The greyhound, originally a symbol of hunting and coursing, as well as graceful speed, was an appropriate mascot for the golden age of the motorcar.

Other highlights include a 1925 rare Cluny vase, estimate £100,000-£150,000, a decorative panel Figurines et Raisins, 1928, valued at £30,000-£40,000, and a 1926 Deux Figurines clock, at £8,000-£12,000.

 

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