The sensuous Sirène, otherwise known as the small mermaid, is one of two Lalique car mascots that were initially sold as statuettes before they were repurposed for hood ornaments in the mid 1920’s.
Sirène is the smaller of the two at approximately four inches high – some one and a quarter inches shorter than her big sister La Naïade – but aside from the size, the pair are identical. The statue depicts a kneeling figure of a mermaid crouching slightly forward, her tail tucked beneath her as she holds a conch shell to her ear. The detail is exquisite, with a tumble of long, curly locks and fine scales on the tail bringing the myth of the mermaid to life.
Originally introduced in 1920, model number 831 was created in both clear glass and in opalescent glass, a glass-making process that gives the glass a milky appearance and blue and white coloration – as well as an otherworld appearance to the fairytale Sirène.
Once the Sirène was converted from an ornament in the homes of the aristocracy to a car mascot, the statuette was mounted on a large full collar.
Examples of the mythical mermaid car mascot can be found currently listed at anywhere from US$1,000 to $5,500, although for the right sample, the Sirène may command a higher price. Car mascots in opalescent glass in particular can sell for higher sums, while the condition and specific history of a piece can increase or decrease the value.
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