Motoring mascots. Make your automobile look like it’s out of “The Great Gatsby”.

“Speed Demon” mascot in nickel plated bronze mounted on a wood display base. 1920s. British. Image
© Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/1



Stylized “Goose” mascot in nickel planted bronze on an integral radiator cap. Drilled on the underside. 1920s. Bocazi, maker. Signed. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/2
Replica “Pathfinder” mascot after Poitvin in nickel plated bronze. Undated. Makers’ marks: marked “Finnigans London” and “Made in France” to the base. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/4

Parfum (perfume) advertisements that ran in the January, 1936 issue of Paris “Vogue”. Can’t get more elegant than that.

“Nuit de Longchamp” parfum, Lubin, 11 Rue Royale – Paris. January, 1938. View 9, page 1. French. Laure Albin Guillot, photographer. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f9.item
“Dykil”, “Shanghai”, and Miracle,” Parfums exquis de Lenthéric Paris. View 13, page 5. January, 1938. French. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f13.item
“French-Cancan de Caron,” parfum de l’exposition 1937.” View 16, Page 8. January, 1938. French. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f16.item#
“Colony” le nouveau parfum de Jean Patou Paris.” View 220, page 1. January, 1938. French. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f220.item
“Arpège”, “My Sin (mon péché)”, “Scandal”, “Rumeur,” and “Prétexte” Parfums de Lanvin. View 140, page 9. January, 1938. French. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f140.item#
“Arpège”, “My Sin (mon péché)”, “Scandal”, “Rumeur,” and “Prétexte” Parfums de Lanvin. Parfums de Printemps. Lanvin. View 137. page 19. January, 1938. French. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k936228j/f371.item#

Table lamps that are more interesting than the Home Depot kind. Art Deco, made by Maison Desny in Paris, France who were in business from 1929 to 1937.


Table light. ca. 1927. Made in Paris. Nickel plated-metal and glass. La Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5858664
Table lamp. ca. 1920s. La Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © Charme Antiques. Fair use license. via https://charmeantiques.com/6055/table-lamp-by-maison-desny/

Table lamp. ca. 1925-1930. Made in Paris, France. Nickel plated metal and glass. Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: Stamped on the underside “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © 2021 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/18dd01-doyledesign/catalogue/224-maison-desny-nickel-plated-and-glass-table-lamp
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Table lamp. 1927-1937. French. Aluminum and glass. Attributed to Maison Desny. Collections of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia. Image © Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Fair use license. via https://collection.maas.museum/object/345311

Studies for interiors executed for the Atelier Stylea in 1925. Screams Art Deco. Eugène Freyssinet, creator. A lot in a current Sotheby’s auction catalogue.

Interior with cabinet and lamp. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and lamp with a geometric wall treatment. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and lamp with a geometric wall treatment with floral border. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with armchair. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with a cabinet and books. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with round mirror. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with wood cabinet and scuplture. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with cabinet and vase of flowers. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors
Interior with upholstered armchair and table. 1925. French. Gouache on paper. Eugène Freyssinet, creator, done for the Atelier Stylea. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-celebration-of-art-deco-decorative-arts-from-the-collection-of-dr-stephen-kelly/set-of-ten-studies-for-interiors

Make your automobile smile. Buy one of these chromed Art Deco mascots for it. All of these from a recent Bonham’s auction.

“Stork” mascot in chromed metal, based on the famous design by Francois Bazin. Mounted on a period radiator cap. 1935. Maker not shown. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27140/lot/49/?category=list&length=12&page=5
“Serpent” mascot in nickel plated bronze, on a chromed locking radiator cap. 1920s. French. J. A. Bebin, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27140/lot/54/?category=list&length=12&page=5
“Lady water-skier” mascot in chrome plated die-cast metal, mounted on a radiator cap. 1930s. American, made in Chicago by Krone and Sebek. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27140/lot/55/?category=list&length=12&page=5
Automobile mascot modeled as a winged nymph in the nude holding the chains of an aquaplane board. Chrome plated die-cast alloy mounted on a radiator cap. 1930s. British. Maker not given. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27140/lot/56/?category=list&length=12&page=5

Promotional ephemera connected with the l’Exposition Internationale de Paris which happened in 1937.

Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris, 1937 showing the German (Nazi) pavilion and the Eiffel tower in the background. 1937. Image source lartnouveau.com. In the public domain in its country of origin and other countries where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paris-1937Expo.jpg
Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris, 1937. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.paris-unplugged.fr/1937-lexposition-universelle/
Colored sketch of the proposed Soviet pavilion with a statue of Lenin on the top. 1930s. Boris Iofan, architect. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via http://www.expositions-universelles.fr/1937-exposition-internationale-urss.html
 Exposition de 1937, Vue de la Tour Eiffel. 1937. French. Oil on canvas. André Devambez, painter. Signed and dated “André Devambez – Tour Eiffel – 1937.” Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes. In the public domain in its country of origin and other countries where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Devambez_-_Exposition_1937.jpg

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Screens that scream Art Déco. Covers up the cinders in the fireplace you forgot about, too. Designed by Paul Fehér who was born in Hungary but worked in Paris and then in the United States.

Screen designed by Fehér for the Rose Ironworks, Cleveland, Ohio. Art Deco. 1920s. Collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Design © Estate of the designer. Image source: Saiko. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_feh%C3%A9r_per_rose_iron_works_inc.,_parafuoco,_1930,_01.jpg
“Muse with Violin ” screen. 1929. French/American. Designed by  Fehér for Rose Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio. Collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Design © Estate of the designer and Rose Iron Works. Fair use license. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/timevanson/38704109505

One of those bias cut silk frocks and the boat train awaits. More from the 1930 brochure for the French ocean liner”L’Atlantique.” Compagnie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique, publisher. Collection of the Wolfsonian at Florida International University.

“Le promenade vitré.” Page 22. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/24x?search=Deco
“Salle à manger et salle de jeu des enfants.” Page 25. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/25x?search=Deco
“La Piscine.” Page 27. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/27x?search=Deco

Mascots for your Rolls Royce from the olden days of fine motoring. Selections from a current Bonhams catalog for an on line auction that is ending January 21, 2021.

“Basilea” mascot depicting the mythical Queen of Atlantis riding on a dolphin, on a period radiator cap. 1920s. French. Bronze. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/2/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Globe carrier mascot modeled as a nickel plated figure holding a glass globe with etched design, mounted with an integral radiator cap. 1920s. Probably French. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/11/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Nickel plated “Speed Nymph” mascot with spinning draperies, mounted on a later chrome plated radiator cap (nymph detail). 1920s. L. V. Aronson, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/15/?category=list&length=12&page=2
Chrome plated “Hurdle Racing Greyhound” mascot, on a radiator cap. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/23/?category=list&length=12&page=2

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Arts Déco vases in enamel over copper. All of these designed by Camille Fauré for Limoge.

Vase with raised polychrome enameled geometric decorations on metal. ca. 1925-1935. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge” in gold above the stand. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/1279027/

Pear-shaped vase copper vase with polychrome and gilt enamel with flaming decoration. Undated. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: Signed Limoge on the rim. Image © en.expertissim.com. Fair use license. via https://en.expertissim.com/camille-faure-limoges-pear-shaped-enameled-copper-vase-12195842
“Ocean Waves” copper vase decorated with waves of enamel in blue, green, and pink. ca. 1925. Arts Déco. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge France.” Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/ocean-waves-vase-camille-faure/id-f_20637572/