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Rene Lalique Car Mascots: The Elegant Set And R Lalique At The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

August 12th, 2009

Lalique trophy is presented to the “Best In Show” at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach!

For at least 10 years, the Best in Show award at the amazing Concours d’Elegance has been a Lalique Trophy, presented by the Elegant Set, a quiet Carmel, California store associated with noted Lalique personality Nicholas Dawes. The actual trophy is a Lalique Crystal “Trophee” figure mounted on a custom base. Crystal Lalique Paperweights Chrysis and Tete De Aigle are also presented as class prizes. Of course, with the Rene Lalique Hood Ornaments gracing the front ends of so many of the finest motor cars of yesteryear in attendance, it’s only fitting that Lalique is in the forefront when awards are presented.

The Elegant Set has perhaps the largest inventory of Rene Lalique items in stock and on display of any gallery in the United States. It has been established for 25 years, and is a center of R Lalique activity during the Concours. A quick review of their current inventory reveals 24 different R Lalique Car Mascot models including for example a rare R Lalique Pintade Hood Ornament, and a host of other items ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands.

The day before the Concours, on Saturday the 15th, the Elegant Set hosts an R Lalique event, the most important feature of which is champagne and hors d’oeuvres from noon on! But it’s also a chance to see a good amount of R Lalique items in one place, and to meet and talk to Nick Dawes, who fields questions from all comers about R Lalique for most of the day Saturday, in between sips of champagne of course!

The Elegant Set is a private enterprise, but their involvement with the Concours and the exposure they provide for the works of the great Rene Lalique during this important motoring event spreads benefits far beyond Carmel that touch many R Lalique collectors worldwide. And The Elegant Set is so discreet they don’t even have a real address! Heck, they’re so discreet we don’t even have photos to go along with this post! So if this is the first you’ve heard of them, now you know why! But if you want to stop by, they are located at the corner of 7th and San Carlos in Carmel. And you can reach the Elegant Set’s Ken Derrick, also known in certain circles as “The Lalique Trophy Presenter”, at 800 497 4994 for further information.

If you call, the big question you might ask Ken our behalf is this: Why are they waiting until noon to start the champagne flowing?

And here is a link to our previous post concerning other R Lalique Car Mascot related events surrounding the Concours d’Elegance.

Rene Lalique Hood Ornaments: Lalique Mascots at Quail Lodge Include RLalique Mascots Cinq Cheveuax and Vitesse

August 10th, 2009

Lalique Car Mascot VitesseSpeaking of Rene Lalique Car Mascots: The Lalique Hood Ornament Vitesse, again in opalescent glass, along with a small group of Lalique Mascots is coming up for sale on August 14th, at the annual Bonhams Sale of “Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia” at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, California. The sale is scheduled to coincide with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance being held on August 16th after several days of pre-show activities.

It may appear from events this week, that the Rene Lalique Hood Ornament Vitesse in opalescent glass appears at auction all the time, but nothing could be further from reality. A Lalique mascot collector could go years without having a chance to purchase a great looking Opalescent Vitesse, so this week is a bit of an exception in that regard!

Lalique Car Mascot Cinq CheveauxIn addition to the Vitesse, Bonhams has assembled a small group of mascots, several of which are hard to find. Notable among these is the Cinq Cheveaux with amethyst tint, which has graced the RLalique.com home page for a couple of weeks, and which sports a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $17,000. Also included is the ram’s head mascot Tete de Belier, with an estimate of $6000 to $7000, as well as a small handful of other Rene Lalique Mascots.

Details and contact information regarding the sale, can be found in our Lalique Auctions Worldwide Section here at RLalique.com, and at the Bonhams website.

Lalique Car Mascot: Vitesse Sells For $29,000! A Real Cracker It Was – This Lalique Hood Ornament!

August 8th, 2009

Rene Lalique Hood Ornament Vitesse, in opalescent glass sells for $29,000!

Lalique Car Mascot VitesseThe sale today of several Rene Lalique glass items at Arthur Johnson and Sons in Nottingham (in the Hood, for those readers of our pre-auction report on this Lalique Mascot Sale) was quite successful. This sale information arrived on short notice just a couple of days before the sale, but there was worldwide bidding activity, and great R Lalique sales results.

Leading the way was the nice looking Lalique Mascot Vitesse. The auction house put out a condition report saying “There appears to be a chip to the big toe on the left foot (extended leg) and a crack (we thought it might have been a moulding fault initially) …”. This report did not discourage all bidders as opinions differed on the mysterious line! Both the auction house and our man on the ground in Nottingham reported half a dozen phone lines in play, at least 2 bidders in the room, and left bids. Here is one account from the saleroom:

“The next Lot 631 was the ‘Vitesse’ car mascot. It did have……. damage near the ‘feet’. Again … a commission bid, (opening the bidding at £4,000) a strong bidder in the room contesting and a few others, plus bids from 3 telephone lines. It quickly rose in price. Bids ricocheting around the saleroom and then selling for £14,500 to a telephone bidder (spontaneous applause in the saleroom).”

Lalique Vase MontargisApparently everyone agreed the Vitesse was a real “cracker”, it was just a difference of inflection that encouraged or put-off particular bidders. The premium inclusive sale price of 17,400 Brit Pounds, was against a conservative pre-sale estimate of only 5000 to 8000 Pounds.

The sale featured two other Rene Lalique glass pieces; the rarely seen Montargis Vase and the always popular and large, opalescent R Lalique Calypso Coupe Plate. The Montargis sold at a premium inclusive 1880 Pounds, or around $3100, and the Calypso made an all-in 3407 Pounds, or about $5700.

Lalique Bowl Coupe CalypsoThe auction house also reported to us that prospective buyers were mentioning RLalique.com when inquiring, and we can only hope that the winning bidder remembered to tell them the same! This sale is a perfect example of the benefit of telling auction houses when you inquire about lots, that you saw the item on RLaique.com. The more customers tell them, the more likely they are to make sure we get their sale information. It’s a win-win-win-win for you to know about more upcoming items, for the auction house to have more bidders, for the consignor to realize more proceeds, and for the entire R Lalique community, to have more successful sale results.

Rene Lalique Car Mascot Vitesse Appears In The Ancestral Home of Robin Hood!

August 6th, 2009

Rene Lalique Hood Ornament Vitesse in Opalescent Glass Appears in Nottingham England!

Lalique Car Mascot VitesseThe Arthur Johnson and Sons Auction House in Nottingham are offering a few nice looking Rene Lalique Glass items at their sale on August 8th. An opalescent R Lalique Car Mascot Vitesse is the Lalique headliner, but two other R Lalique designed lots are also in the sale; the reasonably rare Rene Lalique Vase Montargis, and the attractive and sizable R Lalique Coupe Plate Calypso in opalescent glass. The 8 inch Montargis sports an estimate of 700 to 1050 British Pounds, and the 38 cm Calypso 900 to 1350 pounds. The Vitesse is estimated at 5000 to 8000 pounds, which seems pretty reasonable barring any “issues” of note.

We’ve listed this auction in our Rene Lalique Auctions Worldwide section, and we also have added photos of the Vitesse and Calypso posted in our Rene Lalique Auctions Highlight Page.

Robin Hood Statue In NottinghamA couple hours north of London in the heart of the East Midlands, and pretty close to the center of all of England, Nottingham is rich in history. And yes, they still elect a Sheriff there. His title, if you can believe it, is Sheriff of Nottingham! Coincidentally this is the same title as the historical bad guy and adversary of Robin Hood, whose folklore fame has continued to grow since medieval times. Mr. Hood, is shown here in the hood (both literally and figuratively) in a memorial statue in Nottingham. The only thing we don’t know about all the hood stuff, is if his arrow is pointing toward the location of the hood ornament. 🙂 A bit rough, but it all ties together pretty well. And of course, there is the totally unsubstantiated rumor, which we just started, that Rene Lalique used Robin Hood as the sentimental model for the Lalique Car Mascot Archers! Seriously, notice the resemblance?

Wollaton HallAnd if you are going to make the trip to try and snag the Vitesse, take some time to stop by the circa 1550’s Wollaton Hall and it’s famous deer park (probably no deer hunting there by commoners; where is Robin when you need him?). The Hall, shown in the photo here, is the site of numerous events each year, and has a rich history all its own which is a bit long for this post. But you can find more info at the Wollaston Hall Website or in the Wollaton Hall Wikipedia article.

Finally, our usual caution: Check these great looking R Lalique items out if you are interested. The pictures might look nice, but as always, the devil is in the details! So investigate the items and be a smart R Lalique Buyer. Some guidance in that respect can be found in our Rene Lalique Buyers Guide!

If you contact the auction house, please remember to tell them where you saw these great looking R Lalique pieces. The saleroom manager is Lorna Wrigley. The contact details are: +44 (0) 115 986 9128 and collectables@arthurjohnson.co.uk. And here is link to Arthur Johnson and Sons website. Good luck and good hunting!

Rene Lalique Car Mascots: Lalique Hood Ornaments in Hickory Corners at the Gilmore Car Museum

July 14th, 2009

Lalique Hood Ornaments -Lalique Car Mascots in Hickory Corners: How did that happen?

Rene Lalique Car Mascot ArcherIn July 1966, the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan opened to the public. It was the love affair of Michiganders (that’s right, they’re called Michiganders*) Don Gilmore and his wife Genevieve. Where is Hickory Corners you might ask? Well, it’s kind of midway between the Michigan Cities of Battle Creek (think cereal – cold breakfast cereal was invented here by Dr. John Harvey Kellog and it is still the headquarters of the company founded by his brother that bears his name, and Post Cereals is headquartered there as well), Lansing (Michigan State University and the childhood and football home of President Gerald Ford, who played on two Michigan State National Championship Football teams, before the big war of course), Grand Rapids (Autos and Furniture: Austin Automobile Company started there in 1901 and lasted near 20 years), and Kalamazoo (Gibson Guitars was founded here, as was the pharmaceutical giant Upjohn, and it’s still home to Checker Motors Company, who used to make the Checker Cab!).

Map to Gilmore Car MuseumBasically the former heartland of the industrial Midwest during the salad days of U.S. manufacturing! A lot of money was made here and stayed here in the form of public projects by wealthy people and companies. The Gilmores established a foundation that owns the museum and carries on, despite the passing of both Gilmores several decades ago.

Gilmore Car Museum DinerSo, what does the Gilmore Car Museum have? Where to begin, hmmm. Let’s start with the Blue Moon Diner, a real 1941 diner, picked up in toto from Meridian Connecticut, and moved here to the Michigan countryside! And yes, they serve pecan pie and frozen custard. Over 200 autos, from a 1948 “Waltz Blue” Tucker (number 47 out of a total production of only 51), to a Dusenberg! There’s a re-created 1930’s Shell gas station (including memorabilia from a Shell station just 3 miles from the Gilmore that closed during WWII), a small town train station, nine antique Michigan barns, and three miles of paved roads, as well as a huge collection of vintage pedal cars and miniatures. You may see their authentic London Double Decker bus tooling around the property when you visit, and it’s rumored (though not advertised) that a ride in a cool old vehicle might be had from time to time!

Gilmore Car Museum Gas StationThe museum is important in many other respects. For example, The Pierce-Arrow Society (the Roadshow video linked below features a Pierce-Arrow with the Rene Lalique Car Mascot Archers) established its museum at The Gilmore. As a result there are a wide array of Pierce-Arrows on display, one of the coolest of which is a 1912 motorcycle. Note that the entire museum grew out of a gift from Mrs. to Mr. Gilmore of a Pierce-Arrow project car needing renovation. Also, the Tucker Historical Collection and Library, a project of the Tucker Automobile Club of America (the “Car of the Future”) is at the Gilmore. Heck, they even have a Chrysler Turbine Car!

Why do we R.Lalique types care about all this? Well, because they also have one of the largest hood ornament/car mascot/auto badge collections in the United States. It contains over 1600 items, some of which are Rene Lalique Car Mascots!

And why are we writing about this now? Well, because in August 2008, the U.S. Antiques Roadshow was in Grand Rapids and made a little trip down memory lane to Hickory Corners for a short Video Special at the Gilmore. In the video, Eric Silver (formerly of the auction house Doyle New York, and now with Lillian Nassau LLC) and Antiques Roadshow Host Mark Walberg spent a few minutes talking car mascots, including a little Rene Lalique Car Mascot talk, with some good video to go along with the chitchat.

So check out the Museum Website, where you’ll find a ton of great info and cool photos in addition to the ones here. And if you’re ever in Kalamazoo, take a pleasant half-day, put the top down and head over to Hickory Corners, where you’ll cruise into American Automobile and Rene Lalique History!

* The demonym (that’s a word used to describe local people which uses some local stuff in the word) Michigander is credited to Abraham Lincoln! Yes, The Abraham Lincoln! On July 27, 1848, Lincoln was making a speech in the U.S. Congress as a member of the Whig Party and a representative from Illinois, when he made of fun of Lewis Cass, the Governor of the Michigan Territory, by calling him “The Great Michigander!” If Lincoln only knew how well it would stick! What the heck, he carried Michigan in both his Presidential elections.

R Lalique Posts Solid Sales Results at Christies New York

March 27th, 2009

Rene Lalique Mascot Tete De PaonRene Lalique Car Mascot Leads Solid Lalique Auction Results: At the March 26, 2009 Sale of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design held at the Rockefeller Center Sales Rooms of Christies New York, the three Rene Lalique items offered did quite well. Top Lalique lot was the great Rene Lalique Car Mascot Tete De Paon in turquois glass, making a premium inclusive $40,000 US Dollars, outpacing the pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. The 1914 presentation glass and metal Lalique Chalice Ville De Paris sold for a premium inclusive total of $15,000 against an $8000 to $10,000 estimate, and the rare R Lalique Glass Veilleuse Electric Perfume Burner Raisins, sold for $7500 all in, against a $5000 to $7000 estimate. Another solid performance for R Lalique at Christies, and another in a string of solid worldwide results for high quality R Lalique at auction.

A Few Great Library Additions

September 18th, 2008

Nil Melior Pre-War Auto Accessory Brochure Featuring Rene Lalique Mascots at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York CityCheck out our New Arrivals Section in the RLalique Library. We’ve added a few great items, including three wonderful Japanese Exhibition Catalogues and a pre-war sales brochure by Nil Melior. Nil Melior sold high end auto accessories and had a retail shop in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria at Park and Lex. This 24 page brochure shows 8 different RLalique mascots including Victoire, and has the prices that were being charged at the time for each item. We have another very similar but not identical pre-war Nil Melior brochure also listed for sale in the Library. Period material from RLalique retailers is extremely rare, especially priced brochures. Who would have thought you could go to the Waldorf to buy RLalique mascots?

Bonhams Quail Lodge R Lalique Mascot Sales Results of 8-15-2008

August 16th, 2008

Rene Lalique Vitesse MascotBonhams Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel on August 15th, held to coincide with the big car show held each year, had several Rene Lalique mascots in it. Here are the results including buyer’s premium:

Faucon $2,633
Sirene opalescent $4680
Chrysis $4,680
Hirondelle $6,728
Tete de Belier $6,728
Tete de Paon $12,285
Vitesse $23,400
Victoire $29,250
Chrysis opalescent did not sell

They also had Eagle’s Head mascot by Persons Majestic Co, which sold for $819. This is the version discussed in the Lalique Copies and Close Calls Section at RLalique.com.


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