The only Lalique mascot that was designed for a specific car is the Cinq Chevaux, known in English as the Five Horses. It was also one of the first, preceded only by the Falcon and the Comète, and it was the mascot that would expose René Lalique’s hood ornament designs to a huge audience.
André Citroën, founder of the Citroën automobile company, presented his five-horsepower Citroën 5CV – also known as the Cinq Chevaux – at the 1925 Art Deco Exposition in Paris, for which he ordered a custom mascot from Lalique. The statue, of course, encompassed five frolicking horses, which were positioned in silhouette to create a harmonious design, each horse poised with front legs in the air.
The Cinq Chevaux introduced Lalique’s new mascot glassworks to the masses, of which the lauded glassmaker went on to produce many more, although no further works for Citroën.
The Cinq Chevaux, model 1122, was produced in 1925. Examples have been found in clear glass, frosted glass and amethyst tinted glass. They currently sell for $300 to $20,000 and more depending on condition. Many Lalique ornaments found today are heavily damaged due to stones flying up from the road and chipping the delicate statues when they were in use by their owners during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Mint condition mascots can command much higher prices with the right market demand.
Look for future features on Lalique mascots as we explore David Disiere’s rare Lalique mascot collection over the coming months.
To learn more about Lalique mascots and their history, read our blog post here.