Additional Craft Information:
How It All Began?
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In the middle of the 19th century, a man named Rene Lalique was born in the French province of Champagne. From the early childhood to his college days, Rene was involved in many art works. He had received awards for his drawing during his early education, apprenticed to jeweler and goldsmith and enrolled in the School of Art to continue his education. He completed his artistic desires by finishing sculpture at the Ecole Bernard Palissy.
Rene worked as a freelance jewelry designer and because of his fine craftsmanship he was able to draw attention to many notable people of his time. Through experimenting with glass and presented it in an exhibit, he was able to produce perfume vial that became his trademark for success. In the early 1920's he began to manufacture wide range of objects made from glass which include vases statues, clocks. tableware, lighting fixtures and later, a range of car mascots.
Car Mascots' Popularity
Rene Lalique commissioned the Breves Gallery for them to supply these car mascots to British customers. Because of this arrangement, the name Breves Gallery was put at the side of the mounting of the car mascot. Valued from 2 pounds, twelve and sixpence, Breves became a talk of the town. It became renowned because it holds the rights to market the now famous Lalique car mascots.
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All of the mascots marketed by Breves Gallery had two basic sizes. There were mascots which have large bases to fit exactly to bigger size mascots and the smaller type to suit perfectly for smaller mascots. Take note that the full Breves Gallery Knightsbridge address was always seen outside the different transparent base sizes. The bases have ten different styles and most of these were ordinary tube design of different altitudes.
There are two mounting rings used in making these bases. And all of these rings are cut according to the type of the mascot so that these mascots can be easily accommodated. Since the mascot is made of glass, there was difficulty for the mascot to fit the ring without doing any damage to the base of the mascot. Since mascots were made of glass and the ring were being created from nickel, brass and chrome, careful steps should be done to fit the mascot to the ring otherwise the elegance will be broken forever.
Some of the designs of the Lalique car mascots include Small Dragonfly, Coq Houdan, Falcon, Frog, Five Horses and Large Dragonfly. The rings used to fit the Falcon and the Five Horses are exceptions to the usual solid rings being used. The rings for these two mascots were thicker and larger. Sometimes these adorable Lalique car mascots were used as deskpieces wherein Breves Gallery used a wider mounting for a perfectly designed triple clamp arrangement at the interior.
Other Car Mascot Designs
There were 27 other designs which depicted horse heads after it was commissioned by Citroen company in 1925. The mascots made when Citroen took control were patterned to various birds and animal figures, nude forms and even included shooting stars. They were made from satin finish, clear glass, frosted and satin finish decorated with colors of blue, purple, amber, grey and brown topaz. And the most amazing and rarest design of car mascot ever made is Fox, the famous of which is named 'Spirit of the Wind'.