One of the less common Lalique car mascots found on today’s market along with others from the collection such as the Renard, the Epsom and the Hibou, is the Tête De Belier, which translated into English means “Ram’s Head”. Introduced in 1928, the Tête De Belier was only produced in clear and frosted glass, unlike many designs from the radiator cap collection, which were also often created in amber, opalescent or amethyst.
Standing at three and a half inches tall, the Ram’s Head was mounted on a small split color with the R. Lalique France signature molded in relief on the lower neck of the ram. The statue depicts a male sheep with his head lowered as if in preparation to ram an opponent with his long, curved horns. On second glance, however, the disarming expression of the ram gives the impression of a docile creature with no intention of fighting, in spite of the huge horns which could at any moment to strike a powerful blow. Like many of the animal and bird statues created by Lalique for his car mascot collection, the detailed replication of the ram is at once startling in its beauty and quite uncanny in its realism.
The Tête De Belier is catalogue number 1136. It can be found currently on the market listed for up to US $12,000, although condition and demand will see sales prices consistently fluctuate for each particular example. As with all antiques, it’s important to seek expert assistance when purchasing Lalique car mascots. Fakes can sometimes be difficult to spot, and there have been examples of the Ram’s Head appear on the market that although genuine Lalique, have been changed to a deep purple color via the process of irradiation.
There are many other features on the Lalique hood ornament collection in the daviddisiere.com blog archives, along with more information about the full collection and the man behind the magnificent designs.