Released in August, 1925, the Faucon (Falcon in English) was one of the first Lalique car mascots ever created. It was one of three initial mascots designed by the glass master, the others being the Cinq Chevaux and the Comète Etoile Filante. Both of these were dedicated to the Citröen car manufacturer. The former was a statue of five horses in silhouette to represent the five-horsepower Citröen 5CV designed on request by the company’s founder André Citroën, while the second resembled a stylized star with a comet trail inspired by the Citröen advertisement that illuminated the Eiffel Tower in 1925 and for many years beyond.
The Faucon on the other hand, was a detailed glass replica of a bird of prey – the falcon. It stands tall and proud upon a rounded base, with claws gripping the front of the foundation and tail plumage draped across the rear. Perched with head held high as if in stoic defiance of the world, Lalique captures in exquisite detail the majesty of this most regal creature.
The statue is approximately six inches high – and even taller when mounted to a radiator cap or display mount – and examples of the Model 1124 Faucon can be found in clear glass and amethyst tinted glass. Perhaps because it was one of the earliest productions, the falcon is one of the more common Lalique car mascots, with more having being produced and purchased than many of the rarer statues.
Still, versions of the impressive falcon statue have been appraised up to $6,000 and regularly sell for thousands of dollars, depending of course, on condition. Although it’s important to carefully and thoroughly inspect any Lalique statue prior to purchase, this is especially true of the falcon with the delicate claw area being more susceptible to damage.
For more about Lalique statues and the man behind the stunning glassworks, check out some of our blogs from earlier this year.