Fish Car Mascot
Art Deco black glass and sterling silver figural radiator mascot in the form of a tropical fish c. 1920s. Based on the materials and design, I believe the piece is French and recalls designs by Rene Lalique. The hood ornament is rare or perhaps one of a kind – I could not find another example of the form. Sculpted from black glass, the details of the fish are brought to light with sterling silver appliqué. Although in very good condition, the hood ornament was certainly used, and I can just imagine this fish swimming along atop the radiator of a Hispano-Suiza motoring to Monte Carlo. The design captures the bold geometric and angular elements which reflect the best examples of Art Deco design in the Machine Age and the tropical fish would make a unique addition to a collection of antique car mascots.
6 inches tall
5.5 inches wide
Base 1.5 inches diameter
Very good condition, with several hairline surfact cracks (only visible upon close inspection), one chip the size of grain of rice (also only visible upon close inspection), a few minor dings to the sterling appliqué, and slight plating loss on the radiator cap itself.
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