|1920s by Marius Sabino, Paris, France. This is a superb example of the opalescent Art Deco glass produced by Sabino during the 1920s. This car mascot depicts a beautiful fan-tailed dove - in a typical feeding stance. The piece was christened Roucoulant and appeared under catalogue number 8559 and is one of a group of four. The mascot is mounted in its original glass-to-radiator-cap mount, standing 13cm (approx. 5.1") high - this measurement doesn't include the mount. The piece is signed Sabino Paris to the lower underside of its tail fan. |
It is said that Sabino's pre-war opalescent glass contained a higher arsenic content than most of his competitors, and also feels more "soapy" to the touch than post-war examples. These mascots look superb when the sunlight shines though the glass, many hues of green through to orange can be seen - and this is the true beauty of fine opalescent glass.