Many pieces in this private British collection devoted to Lalique's work have already crossed the Channel some of them several times. Their destination was the Musée Lalique in Alsace, notably for the exhibition "Lalique and the Art of Travel". In the 1920s, the French glass artist began to design radiator caps to embellish the luxurious grilles of Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and other throbbing icons of the Roaring Twenties. At the time, these "mascots" were of keen interest to the Prince of Wales, and later to the collector John Nemeth, who brought them all together in this catalogue alongside vases, carafes and boxes also produced by the great company's workshops. Most of the 211 lots up for sale with Bonhams were designed during the artist's lifetime, as evidenced by the signature "R. Lalique". This is true for this pre-war "Chrysis", which is very rare in opalescent glass. "The majority of models were made in frosted and polished glass, says Mark Oliver from Bonhams. Collectors of Lalique car mascots will regard it as one of the rarest mascots to track down". Based on a flower bending in the wind, it is one of the thirty models designed by the artist and also one of his last, as the fashion for mascots declined in the early 1930s, just as radiator caps began to disappear beneath car bonnets.