Model No: 1124 Faucon. Created August 1925
Revered in Arab countries as well as in Persia and a symbol of pride and honour, the worthy raptor that is the falcon, made its appearance in the catalogue of René LALIQUE in 1925.
This model is thought to be the first mascot designed and registered by Lalique, ahead of the Cinq Chevaux and Comete, but carries the third catalogue number in sequence.
The date of its creation corresponds to the rise to the throne of Reza Pahlevi in Persia, who has just been proclaimed Shah and was known as a great fan of Lalique’s work, so perhaps there is no coincidence in the timing here.
There is an art deco geometry to the tail design but overall it is as elegant as the living creature.
The Falcon Mascot is undoubtedly artistically influenced by the naturalist school, as with the Perch, the Peacock Head or the Boar.
Clear (white) glass press molded
Price (1932 Lalique et Cie Catalogue): 285FF
Breves of Knightsbridge, London UK titled this model ’The Falcon’ and listed a price of £3/3/0 ‘unilluminated' or £4/4/0 ‘for light’ using the patented Breves illuminated mount. A bulb was 3/s and Duty was 10/6.
Nil Melior, a prominent auto accessories company whose showrooms were located at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, listed the Falcon for $45 including a chromium plated base. In an earlier catalogue it was listed at $35 with an illuminated base $10 additional.
Other names for this mascot - Faucon, Falcon, The Falcon. Mascotte, Hood Ornament, Car Mascot, Bouchon de Radiateur, Radiator Cap.
Appeared in 1928 and 1932 Lalique Catalogue. Removed from 1937 Catalogue (though available as book-ends at this time).
No known reissue in crystal post 1947, not marketed today.