Renard (Fox) Car Mascot by Lalique catalogue reference No. 1182 introduced onto the market on 19th December 1930.
This is an extremely rare and the rarest of all the Lalique Car Mascots or Hood Ornaments. This is made in clear and frosted glass.
They were made with a grove moulded into the base to be fitted onto chrome plated or polished steel radiator caps, which comprised of a hollow interior with a light bulb and coloured filters for illumination, wired up to the cars battery.
These were produced for them made by a separate manufacturer The Breves Galleries in London, England (who were incidentally the only British company allowed to retail the mascots outside of France at that time).
Their cost in the Art Deco period was around £50 a substantial sum in those days. Meaning that they did not sell very well and were soon withdrawn from the market, together with Hibou (Owl) which was of a similar cost.
The provenance on this superb motoring item came by descent through the family of Richard Webster (English/Canadian). Webster was a racing car driver, driving sporting Bentleys at Brooklands in the "Bentley Boys" era of daring do's... Dr. Benjafield, Capt. 'Tim' Birkin, Wolf Banato, Kindston, Kensington-Moir et al. according to family history.
This is no doubt how this prized hood ornament came into the family’s possession given Webster’s occupation at that time. The signature 'R. Lalique, France' is correctly stencilled on the rim of this mascot. For price comparison another example of this car mascot in almost perfect condition sold in London for over £300,000 in 2017.
According to several experts and published sources there are now only about a dozen (including two factory colour test piece) of this car mascot extant in the world, most reside in museums. So it is incredibly rare!
Condition: There is a very noticeable chip on the nose of the mascot, as well as a slight chip on the left ear. There is a visible scratch on the base of the mascot near its left rear leg, with the usual rubbing to the bottom of the base.
Dimensions: H 3.15 in. x W 8.27 in. x D 3.25 in.