The launch of Vol. 1 at The Worthing Comunity Centre Art Deco Fair (after the official launch at Waterstones book store in Brighton).
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Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 3
Promotional model Lizzie is holding Vol. 3 along side Vol's 1 & 2 (on the stand beside her)
Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 1 limited edition of 500 hardback copies with dust-jacket at rrp of £35, and now seen up-wards of £700 (and more) on some book sellers websites! ... no wonder there are no smiles here!
UNIQUE LALIQUE MASCOTS
RENÉ JULES LALIQUE (in his formative years) master glass artisan of the art deco period.
Welcome to: www.uniquelaliquemascots.co.uk
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Overview CV (courtesy of 'Auctionata' the German online auction house company).
We would like to introduce you to Geoffrey George Weiner, Auctionata expert in Lalique Car Mascots and Automobilia.
Geoffrey George Weiner, I.A.M., O.T.R., C.S.M.A. is an expert in Automobilia specializing in fine Lalique car mascots. He has been in the automotive business for over 30 years and previously dealt in arms and militaria prior to that.
His passion developed early at the tender age of 13 working for Roy Butler of the famed BBC Antiques Roadshow. In the late 1970's, Geoffrey worked at his shop in Kingston-upon-Thames selling all sorts of militaria along with automobilia, mainly motoring badges and mascots.
His interests are diverse and include old toy pedal cars: he had built a collection of more than fifty. One of these was a special order made as a birthday present for HRH Prince William from his mother the (late) Lady Diana, Princess of Wales (all since sold off long ago!). He now runs a collectors' club and Gallery in Brighton devoted to Lalique automotive mascots. . Mr. Weiner has advised many auction houses and worked as the automobilia consultant for a well-known UK auction house. He is also a consultant for the Miller's Collector's Cars price guide as well as their art, antiques and collectibles price guides. He has published several books on the subject of collecting, and is currently writing a second follow-up book on the subject of Lalique car mascots.
He has appeared on many television programs and radio shows speaking on his areas of expertise. Recently, Geoffrey appeared on the collectibles show 'Masterpiece' and BBC’s 'Dealers – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'.
Mr. Weiner deals at this moment exclusively in the artwork of René Lalique (French, 1860–1945) being the designer of Art Deco glass car mascots, desk ornaments & paperweights.
Geoffrey George Weiner lives and works in Brighton & London.
We carry a large range of deleted (from the range) Lalique mascots, desk ornaments, paperweights & book-ends mint & boxed. All sold with their original factory warrenty certicificates
We have a good selection of modern (discontinued) Lalique mascots marketed as paperweights.
Mint & Boxed Lalique
We usualy stock the modern (deleted pieces) as this opalescent Vitesse (Goddess of Speed). All have a factory limited edition number engraved to the base along with the Lalique signature.
Lalique exhibition in London.... more to follow like this in the future....
Superb Chrysis and Vitesse paperweights (formerly produced as car mascots) in oaplescent milky blue. Very limited numbered editions.
LALIQUE collector's BOOKS with PRICE GUIDES
Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 1
Unique Lalique Mascots books in stock...
Title: "Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 1 sub-title: The automotive radiator hood ornaments of master glass artisan R. Lalique, including auction realisation prices by G.G. Weiner" published by The Book Guild Ltd.
Both Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 were published at £35 each plus p&p... However we have a few only Vol. 1 at £75 each which is a great saving on the eBay and Amazon asking prices!
Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 2
Unique Lalique Mascots books in stock...
Title: "Unique Lalique Mascots Vol. 2 sub-title: The automotive radiator hood & desk ornaments of master glass artisan R. Lalique, including auction realisation prices with French & English captions by G.G. Weiner" published by Grosvenor House Publishing Co. Ltd.
Unique Lalique Mascots books....
Lalique promotional brochures, catalogues, magazines and other related material in stock.
Book review in Classic Motor Monthly magazine.
We always carry a fine selection of post ww2 to modern day Lalique mint & boxed items now deleted from their catalogue range, so they should prove to be true 'blue-chip' investment pieces for the future!
We have access to many rare & unique pieces as shown here....
This fantastic Tête de Paon (Peacocks' Head) is in a vivid turquoise full colour finish, correctly intaglio signed 'R. Lalique, France'. Extremely rare to find any colour pieces! It is mounted onto a Lalique factory produced black glass base which is also signed etched 'Lalique France'. A superb investment connoisseur collector's piece at £ask. This was introduced onto the market on the 3rd of February 1928 and listed in the official Lalique catalogue as No.1140. This piece is offered for sale from us in superb original condition, of which a full condition report can be sent to any seriously interested parties. This was located in Paris from a very well known collection. Very few turn up or are seen outside museum collections. A superb investment as this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this almost unique piece of Lalique history!
This rare Hibou (Owl) mascot was badly damaged when the Bugatti Type 57 it was mounted on had an accident when it crashed and rolled over in 1932. The mascot survived on its original metal radiator cap! The collector now wishes to sell it on £ask.
Background image of Bugatti Type 57 courtesy of Ivan Dutton (Bugatti cars) Ltd.
The fur is so detailed on this rare piece!
Damage to head, one ear, scratch to base rim and marks to underneath the base.,
Full bushy tail!
Correct factory signature 'R. Lalique France' which is stencilled onto the upper rim of the base.
Damage to the front of the nose of the face.
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 near £300,000 in 2017.
According to several experts and published sources there are now only about a half dozen (including a 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 large chunk out of the nose of the mascot, as well as a slight chip on the left ear along with re-polishing. 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.
Price: £150,000.00 - Sorry now sold!
Now for a perfect example:
The piece is in as near perfect condition as possible. It has contemporary re-polishing to the ears in the past or done in the factory as all pieces were polished leaving the mould prior to signing off. Under my strong illuminated loup I can see what I refer to as a very tiny (tip of finger nail) white 'fleck' or scratch on the upper side of the body of the piece, but this may be part of the seam as I'm being very finicky, and this is not seen with the naked eye.
There are fine scratch marks on the bottom of the base which is commensurate with the movement and handling of the piece over time. The most important thing on the initial images that were sent to me was the worrying fact that it looks like a small chip on the lower (looking at it from the left) part of the base. In fact on inspection this is not a chip at all or any other mark, but is a reflection of an air bubble on the underneath of the base, this is quite acceptable as air bubbles do occur within the casting of most if not all Lalique glass.
This is eminently better than the previous Christie's example (of 2017) which was damaged, it had nicks to the ears and part of the base with modern re-polishing! I have consulted their catalogue condition report.
This has no damage on it what-so-ever and is a very fine piece indeed with a good signature which is correctly stenciled R. LALIQUE in large block capitals with smaller France underneath.
This is In fact probably the finest example extant to ever come up for sale, this is a wonderful investment and one I'd dearly love to keep for myself!
Dimensions: H 3.15 in. x W 8.27 in. x D 3.25 in.
The executors inform me that their (deceased) client purchased this piece over 50 years ago and kept it in his collection and has never been offered on the open market. It is generally thought that only five (5) or at the most seven (7) Renard's exist in the world if you also include museum collections.
Another perfect example for sale?... I don't think so in our lifetime!
Sensible offers offers will be considered and viewing of the piece at The LaliqueGallery by prior appointment only.
P.S. We have a unique one of two presentation Rolls-Royce trophy mascots ex Lalique workshops. Also a very fine example of Hibou (Owl) for sale as well from the same deceased estate and a condition report can be sent to any seriously interested party.
Detail of the base and both right and left hand sides.
G.G.W. holding the animal with great care!
Rolls-Royce by Lalique
Rolls-Royce commissioned the Lalique factory to produce a limited edition of finely moulded statues of The Spirit of Ecstacy mascot for their 90th anniversary in 1994.
RR mascot by Lalique. Commissioned by Rolls-Royce to be produced by Christal Lalique et Cie as exclusive gifts. Signed 'Lalique registered France' in engraved scrolling script, RR official logo to the bottom of the base along with the Lalique logo to front of the statue. Has its own individual number (on the underside of the base) out of a limited edition of *200 produced in 1994 for the 90th anniversary of Rolls-Royce and given to selected loyal dealerships and privileged customers. Approximately 7 ½ inches / 190 mm. High. Note: None were again commissioned for the 100th anniversary and none have been produced since. Apologies for my photos which don't do the very fine details justice here! Every minute aspect of this fine sculpture has been captured by the artist Charles Sykes. It is in superb mint condition and a great investment piece! Please contact us for more details and price. *Most are still with dealerships, some in private collections and museums, some are damaged or chipped and have lost the certificate and boxes etc. In trading for over 40 years now this is only the fifth piece we've had through our hands, and is the very best piece! Our example is mint, perfect and complete!
Each Rolls-Royce mascot was numbered along with the RR logo on the bottom of the base.
Each RR mascot was presented in a box and a slip-case with the Lalique factory certificate. Please note that we have a unique (one of only two) factory prototypes produced prior to the initial run. This is signed but as it is not part of the 200 limited edition it is of course not numbered. This is a truly superb and very crisp detailed piece. Please enquire for details and price.
The Le Mans promotional stand at Retromobile with a Bugatti Type 35 race car. Lalique has produced three unique Bugatti Elephant mascots in a very limited production run in commemoration of Rembrandt Bugatti. Please enquire if interested.
Bugatti Elephant Rampante in clear & frosted and in amber christal. Four differnt colours were produced and all are sold mounted onto the special base (as detailed below) boxed with Lalique factory certificate.
Elephant Rampante in blue coloured christal showing detail of the unique Lalique factory produced base in chromed metal having the E B (Ettore Bugatti) initials cast into it.
Bugatti Elephant in clear & frosted christal by Lalique. This is mounted onto the Bugatti radiator base.
Lalique for Bugatti‘Dancing Elephant’ - 'Le Éléphant debout dansant'presentation mascot promotional brochure for sale here in black & white for £5 or in colour for £10.
Lalique for Bugatti this Art Decostylized ‘Dancing Elephant’ - Éléphant debou dansant presentation mascot:
Lalique has paid homage to the wonderful imagination of the highly successful sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), in this clear and frosted crystal ‘Dancing Elephant’, the iconic mascot he designed for his brother, Ettore Bugatti to adorn the radiator of Bugatti’s fabulous but outrageous and enormous automobile, the *Type 41 Royale.
This was intended to be the most luxurious car in the world, however only six Royales were built between 1929 and 1933, with only three being sold, due its launch coinciding with the world's Great Depression.
The remainder were kept within the family and used on high days & holidays. They were then distributed to various automobile museums around the world, according to the wishes of the Bugatti estate settlement.
They are now available for the public to see, admire and enjoy!
The mascot created in a very limited edition, the ‘Dancing Elephant’ is based on Rembrandt Bugatti’s original mould and was crafted using the highly specialized 'lost-wax' or 'cire perdue' casting technique.
This mascot after coming out of the mould (which is destroyed in the process) is in a clear & frosted finish.
The figure sits on an engine turned metal display base, bearing the Bugatti emblem.
Overall height: 8 inches (20 cm).
This was issued complete with its original Lalique presentation box and certificate of authenticity which is signed by Silvio Denz, President and C.E.O. of Lalique together with Massimiliano Ferrari, M.D. of Bugatti International S.A.
This is in a numbered limited edition. Please enquire if you are interested in acquiring this wonderful piece for you to enjoy and as a true 'Blue Chip' investment!
*The imposing elephant was a very appropriate choice as a mascot for this car!
Length 6 cm Height 20 cm Diameter 6.5 cm. Reference: See Unique Lalique Mascots page 22 images 40/3.