Standing at roughly four inches tall and six inches long, the Pintade or Guinea Hen is often harder to find than other Lalique car mascots as it was produced in lesser numbers than some of the other more common hood ornaments. Introduced in 1929, model number 1164 was most often created in clear and frosted glass, although a very rare amethyst tinted example is also known to exist.
The Pintade depicts a Guinea fowl perched atop a large split collar mount in intricate detail, its neck swooping forward as if the hen were about to peck at something just out of reach. It is quite angular in design and uses fine lines to create almost a scale effect on the body, and plump tail feathers on the back.
While the day’s market conditions play the biggest role in the value of a Lalique car mascot, the condition of the piece is also hugely important when determining price. A quick search today will show Guinea Hens going for as little as a few hundred dollars to more than ten thousand U.S. dollars. Should the solitary amethyst example come up for sale though, the cost will likely be much higher than the asking price for the clear and frosted examples on the market today.
If you want to know more about all things Lalique, check out some of our older blogs. You can learn more about Lalique car mascots here, the man behind the designs here, and browse features on other mascots from the Lalique collection in our blog archive.