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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".
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; BIB# AI95009