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Retired & Scarce Opalescent Blue Crystal Perch Car Hood Mascot Paperweight by Lalique.
Originally designed by Rene Lalique and introduced on 20/4/1929 as a car mascot number 1158, this study of a perch is one of the very few mascot designs that were produced using coloured glass. Opalescent, clear and grey crystal were the more readily available, with yellow opalescent being the rarest, and such examples command very high collective interest and high prices...
... From c1960 this fabulous designed piece was reintroduced by Lalique and marketed as a crystal paperweight. By 1978 the pattern was discontinued and just like the car mascots have become rare and sought after items.
Clear crystal examples are more the norm and no less desirable in terms of their quality. Green examples are considered the most highly sought after as fewer were sold, which in turn makes them fewer in number today. I have such an example currently listed separately which you may wish to view.
Opalescent glass examples are even more so sought by collectors & investors than those of clear crystal, and here is such a piece for your appraisal.
The perch has been used by many quality glass factories of the Art Deco era. It is a fish species which lends itself favourably to be replicated using moulded glass techniques, but who could argue that any factory did this better than the most accomplished of them all... Lalique.
Faithfully captured upon this piece are the finite details of every scale, feature and characteristics of this fish species, and yet it also captures the very essence of its era: Art Deco.
The Lalique perche, is also a piece which displays naturalistic movement & stance. It is an incredible observation, captured, designed and produced using quality opalescent crystal.
There is only one time to start collecting the glass of Lalique: Sooner rather than later...
This is a Lalique piece that shall never disappoint you, in both terms of its appeal today and its return of investment tomorrow.
CONDITION REPORT: It is in pristine mint condition throughout. It also retains its original numbered label: 118360 and is fully signed in etched script. It's a true beauty for your collection.
Length: 6.5 inches - 16.5cms Height: 4 inches - 10cms Postage weight: 1k 500gms
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