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Automotive Jewelry - Volume Two: Bespoke Mascots

Automotive Jewelry - Volume Two: Bespoke Mascots


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Automotive Jewelry - Volume Two: Bespoke Mascots
280 pages
Color photos
Hard cover
31 x 25 cm
1,992 kg
English

The automotive mascot or hood ornament has been with us almost as long as the automobile itself. In the early days, the mascot was selected by the manufacturer to identify their product. But over the years, the car owners chose their own symbol of identity. These "accessory" mascots became quite fashionable in the 1920s and '30s as a way for the owner to make a statement about themselves and their beloved automobile.

Famous artists - Lalique, Cartier, Bazin, Brau and others, created pieces of whimsy, elegance and power to adorn the top of the radiator shell of cars both common and unique. Their work in bronze, brass, metal and glass were representative of the art trends of the day, including Art Deco, streamlining and Egyptology; and subject matter that included airplanes, policemen, sports, birds, dogs, mythology and of course, women.