Glass Mascots

Sabino:  Fan Tail Dove Palombe.

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 falcon-like stance.  The piece was Palombe and appeared under catalogue number 8558 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 to the underside of the left wing Sabino Paris.

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.