The Sanglier, which means boar in English, is another of the more popular car mascots of the Lalique collection. Appealing no doubt to the hunting elite, it was produced and purchased in large numbers from its release in October, 1929.
Standing at a little over three inches, model 1157 was produced in a variety of color variations including clear, amber, amethyst and grey smoked.
Despite its diminutive size, the Sanglier is an imposing piece. The hulking head of the boar juts forward as if sniffing out the trail ahead, the animal’s mane standing erect, a sign of agitation. The boar’s body is wide and strong, with large hoofs that disappear into the circular base, and careful detail across the body and face give depth and texture to what is a frighteningly realistic rendition of a wild boar.
It was designed on an incorporated round base which would have been set into a metal Breves mount to be fixed to the hood of the owner’s luxury automobile. This popular statue was also often used in the libraries and studies of the aristocracy as a paperweight.
Today there are a number of Sanglier car mascots on the market ranging from just a couple of hundred dollars to $1,700 and beyond depending on condition and color variation. With more examples of the Sanglier available than other mascots, it’s unlikely it will command the top dollar figures of some of the rarer hood ornaments from the Lalique collection, although this of course is not impossible depending on future market conditions.
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