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Object Name: 
Automobile Mascot (Radiator Cap)
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Overall H: 15.8 cm, Diam: 6.7 cm, L: 24.5 cm
Not on Display
designed in 1928
Web Description: 
René Lalique (French, 1860-1945) began his career as a jeweler. In 1890, he opened a studio in Paris, where he made his famous jewelry designed for celebrities and other socially elite personalities. He began to experiment with glass, and started to commercially produce glass perfume bottles in 1909. Purchasing a larger factory in 1918, Lalique manufactured a wide range of art glass using modern industrial techniques, such as pressing. The Victoire (Victory) hood ornament is a classic Art Deco design that evokes the speed and daring of driving.
Weinstein, David J., Source
raised letters top edge of base
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-pressed. Stylized female head with hair flowing back at angle, circular disk base. (Hood ornament) Automobile mascot (bouchon de radiateur), "Victoire".
The Jazz Age: Art and Design in 1920s America
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2017-04-07 through 2017-08-20
Cleveland Museum of Art 2017-09-23 through 2018-01-14
In an exciting collaboration, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, are organizing a major exhibition, entitled "The Jazz Age: Art and Design in 1920s America". This ground-breaking show will be the first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in design during the exhilarating years of the 1920s to the early 1930s. Exploring the impact of European infuences, American lifestyle, artistic movements, and the role of technology, "Jazz Age" will seek to define the American spirit in twenties design. This period of was a glorious age for art and design. As Europe emerged from the smoke and devastation of the First World War, American patronage and culture helped transform the marketplace at home and abroad. Paris, which hosted the 1925 world's fair dedicated to modern design, held special appeal for Americans eager to travel to the source of style. Talent and craftsmanship, urbanity and experimentation flowed back and forth across the Atlantic, with an influx of European designers immigrating to America and a rush of American creative talent traveling and studying abroad. Against a backdrop of traditional historicist styles, a new language of design came to define an era of innovation and modernity -- the Jazz Age -- capturing the pulse and rhythm of the American spirit. One of the most important connections we wish to make within the exhibition is the impact of the training and prespective of emigre designers on decorative arts of the 1920s.
Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries
Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900 and 1925 Paris Expositions. Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and His Contemporaries surveys the extraordinary glass art created by Lalique and his European contemporaries, including Maurice Marinot, Auguste Herbst, Emile Gallé,and Val St. Lambert, through design drawings, trade catalogs, period photographs, and rare books from the Rakow Library’s special collections.
20th Century Glass (Collector's Compass) (2000) illustrated BIB# 66055
Recent Important Acquisitions, 41 (1999) illustrated, p. 205, #54; BIB# AI43981
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1998 (1999) illustrated, p. 15, 29;