Car mascots

On 23 May 2019, by Sophie Reyssat

Human or animal car mascots, or hood ornaments, are popular collector’s items, especially in the United Kingdom and the United States. Here are some examples recently sold in France.

€793
Bourcart, Chimera, car mascot in silver-plated bronze, signed, h. 13 cm. Toulouse, 17 October 2014. Primardeco auction house.

From atop their radiator caps, these figurines challenged the road and motorists. Alongside manufacturers’ emblems, such as the Peugeot lion or the Hotchkiss rooster, inventiveness is the rule thanks to the sculptors’ talent. Some models initially intended as mascots ended up in living rooms as art bronzes, like Boubou, Max Le Verrier’s monkey with a lantern. Spread-out wings, running animals, women with flying veils and original subjects such as the Bleriot XI monoplane are all recurring symbols of speed. Each personality is expressed, sometimes playfully, but the faces of the goddess Minerva, a fierce Viking or a Plains Indian convey strength and combativeness.

PRICES SHOWN INCLUDE FEES.

 

€372 C. Brau, greyhound, Delage car mascot in silver-plated bronze, signed, 11 x 23 cm. Lyon, 8 November 2014. Hôtel des ventes de Lyon-Brotteaux. Agu
€372
C. Brau, greyhound, Delage car mascot in silver-plated bronze, signed, 11 x 23 cm. Lyon, 8 November 2014. Hôtel des ventes de Lyon-Brotteaux. Aguttes auction house.
€1,612 François Victor Bazin (1897-1956), stork, mascot of Hispano-Suiza cars, large silver-plated bronze model, signed, numbered 3325, h. 12.5 cm. Fo
€1,612
François Victor Bazin (1897-1956), stork, mascot of Hispano-Suiza cars, large silver-plated bronze model, signed, numbered 3325, h. 12.5 cm. Fontainebleau, 24 October 2015. Osenat auction house.
€1,787 Saint Christopher, mascot of FN cars (Fabrique Nationale, Belgium), antique nickel bronze signed Ferrand, ca. 1914-1920. Fontainebleau, 9 Decem
€1,787
Saint Christopher, mascot of FN cars (Fabrique Nationale, Belgium), antique nickel bronze signed Ferrand, ca. 1914-1920. Fontainebleau, 9 December 2012. Osenat auction house.

€2,749 Voisin mascot “La Cocotte”, cut aluminium, original thermometer, engraved glass discs, Art Deco period, design registered in 1924, total height
€2,749
Voisin mascot “La Cocotte”, cut aluminium, original thermometer, engraved glass discs, Art Deco period, design registered in 1924, total height: 28 cm. Tours, 20 February 2016. Millon auction house. Hôtel des ventes Giraudeau Bertrand Jabot auction house.
€496 Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, designed 1911 by sculptor Charles Sykes for Rolls Royce, silver-plated Babbitt metal, remounted on the cap, h. approxim
€496
Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, designed 1911 by sculptor Charles Sykes for Rolls Royce, silver-plated Babbitt metal, remounted on the cap, h. approximately 16 cm. Paris, Drouot, 22 April 2013. Drouot Estimations auction house.
€630 François Victor Bazin (1897-1956), Unic Centaur, mascot emblem of Unic automobiles, silver-plated bronze, signed, h. 13.5 cm. Paris, Drouot, 14 M
€630
François Victor Bazin (1897-1956), Unic Centaur, mascot emblem of Unic automobiles, silver-plated bronze, signed, h. 13.5 cm. Paris, Drouot, 14 May 2014. Kahn & Associés auction house.
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