Renard Fox highlights Ele Chesney Lalique Figurines Auction
Ele Chesney, a millionaire rare automotible collector, has placed a rare Lalique Figurine collection of car mascot hood ornaments up for auction at the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida on March 10, 2012. The estimated value of the 30 Lalique crystal glass figurines collection and display case could sell for $1.2 million or more according to RM Auctions. The Amelia Island event is a world wide rare automotible collectors event with many fine automobiles up for auction by RM. Lalique figurines auction featuring these car mascot figurines are rare as less than 7 collections are possible.
Rene Lalique was a noted French jeweler and master artist who saw the niche market for glass crystal hood ornaments for wealthy clients. Clients who were purchasing new fine automobiles such as Bentley, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, and Hispano-Suiza. Lalique by the time of his death i 1945 was the foremost producer of glass crystal figurines in the world.
Between 1920 and 1931 Lalique produced 30 designs featured in his 1932 Lalique catalog. Know as car mascots the hood ornaments proved impractical for use on the vehicles due to damage, theft, chipping, and fracturing. Hood ornaments at the time were also used as radiator caps. Once removed from the vehicles they became practical figurine collectibles and fine paperweights.
The rare 30 piece collection is rarely available for sale as only a handful are known to exist. The rarest piece named Renard the Fox only had six figurines known to remain in existence. As records were destroyed in WWII it is now believed that Lalique only made 10 of the frosted glass Renard Fox figurines. Renard Fox figurine sold for $325,000 alone in the early 1990′s.
René Lalique was born on April 6, 1860 in Ay, France. In 1885 he opened a workshop, and his unique style of jewelry gained widespread renown with the incorporation of flowing majestic plant, animal and human forms in his works. He further enhanced his designs with the use of horn, ivory, pearl, coral, enamel, plastic or glass in-laid with semi-precious stones. Lalique’s creations drew the attention of prominent personalities such as Sarah Bernhardt, the leading actress of her day. For Lalique to have her as a major client was to draw a wellspring of other affluent and influential personages to his creations. By 1900, at the Paris Exposition Universelle, his innovative exhibit attracted vast crowds, and demand for his work placed him at the pinnacle of success in the field of jewelry. Rejecting complacency, Lalique embraced new challenges. He had already experimented with glass in jewelry making and, by age 50, conceived a new goal of becoming a master glassmaker. The achievement of this goal would gain him worldwide fame that continues today. Lalique opened a small glass shop near the famous perfumer Francois Coty, for whom he began creating classic perfume bottles. Soon, he was engaged by D’Orsay, Forvil, Rogeret et Gallet and many others. In all, Lalique created more than 250 different bottles, some with collector values that currently exceed $100,000.
Like so many other artists from the 1880s through the 1920s, Lalique recognized the need to bring art into everyday life. The only way to accomplish this was to begin mass production of stemware, tableware, inkwells, clocks and vases. At the height of production, Lalique employed 600 people in his glass factories. These skillful artisans created millions of pieces of glassware, many “personalized” with highlight polishing, frosting and glazing for a trademark presentation of individualized attention.
Recent Lalique figurine Renard Fox discovered
In November 2011, Wiederseim Assosicates and auction house in Pennsylvania was selected to auction items from the Dupont estate. John Dupont was the millionaire son of William Dupont of Dupont chemical fame. John died in 2010 following a prison sentence for murder in 1997. The Dupont estate was known as Foxcatcher and contained many items with the symbol of the fox. Also Dupont collected fox figurines with hundreds available for auction by Wiederseim. There were four figurines believed to be knockoffs of the famous Renard Fox. However collectors soon discoved that one was an actual Lalique Renard Fox figurine. Instead of selling for the estimated $100 value it was bid up by 11 British and American bidders to over $204,000. So now there are 7 Renard Fox’s known to exist.
When added to the other 29 the complete collection of 30 Lalique Car Mascot figurines would sell for around one million dollars. The Ele Chesney Lalique Figurine collection is believe to be one of the best maintained collectons with a specially designed display case which individually lights up each figurine piece.
Lalique Figurines Car MASCOTS (Complete set of 30 figurines)
Renard Fox Date introduced: December 9, 1930
Comète Comet Date introduced: August 24, 1925
Hibou Owl Date introduced: January 27, 1931
Epsom Straining Head of Horse Date introduced: June 5, 1929
Tête d’Épervier Sparrow Hawk Date introduced: January 21, 1928
Victoire Spirit of the Wind Date introduced: April 18, 1928
Coq Houdan Strutting Cockerel Date introduced: April 30, 1929
Grenouille Frog Date introduced: May 3, 1928
Vitesse Speed Date introduced: September 17, 1929
Tête de Paon Peacock’s Head Date introduced: February 3, 1928
Hirondelle Swallow Date introduced: February 10, 1928
Tête de Bélier Ram’s Head Date introduced: February 3, 1928
Lévrier Greyhound Date introduced: March 14, 1928
Naïade Large Mermaid Date introduced: 1920
Cinq Chevaux Five Horses Date introduced: August 26, 1925
Petite Libelulle Small Dragonfly Date introduced: April 12, 1928
Grande Libelulle Large Dragonfly Date introduced: May 23, 1928
Longchamps Horse Head Single Mane Date introduced: September 10, 1929
Pintade Guinea Hen Date introduced: September 28, 1929
Longchamps Horse Head Double Mane Date introduced: June 12, 1929
Sirène Small Mermaid Date introduced: 1920
Coq Nain Bantam Cockerel Date introduced: August 3, 1926
Faucon Falcon Date introduced: August 5, 1925
Tireur d’Arc The Archer Date introduced: August 3, 1926
Tête de Coq Cockerel Date introduced: February 3, 1928
Tête Daigle Eagle’s Head Date introduced: March 14, 1928
Sanglier Boar Date introduced: October 3, 1929
Chrysis Kneeling Nude Date introduced: March 21, 1931
Saint Christophe St. Christopher Date introduced: March 1, 1925
Perche Perch Date introduced: April 20, 1929
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