Lune qui rit, (Nude draped over moon), created by the legendary Parisian sculptor Antoine Elie Ottavy. Extremely finely detailed hollow cast (Cire Perdue) silvered bronze gigantic and highly erotic car mascot from 1920 with ’Depose’ stamp and signature ‘Elie Ottavy’. It depicts a beautiful and voluptuous young nude girl laying backwards with her legs fully outstretched in total supplication, with her cascading long flowing locks of hair under the highly appreciative Moon. The lecherous and delighted Moon’s outstanding facial expression is a true ‘mascot masterpiece’ of extreme happiness and lust. This is one of the finest and rarest of all nude erotic car mascots left in the world. Only a handful of examples are known to exist today, this is the only example for sale, owned by Tony Wraight, the World’s leading mascot dealer for the past 55 years.
190 mm high, mounted on a fine burr walnut display base.
In excellent totally original condition, without problems or restoration. It still has its original mounting bolt and nut intact. A 99 year old untouched piece, the way fine mascots should be found, carrying its original patination and loving polishing from the honest use on the car it originally adorned and careful display since it was made 99 years ago. The original 1920 silver plating is still bright, and has never been re-plated. The signatures are especially fine.
Detail on sculptor :
Nov 26th 1887-1951.
Antoine Elie Ottavy - A highly talented French sculptor specialising the female nude, and producing a few most interesting and unusual nude car mascots in the 1920’s - others posed with a dragon, monkey and a sad moon. Working in Paris, he studied under the legendary Mercie, and exhibited his works in the prestigious Salon des Arts Francaise achieving 3rd class Medal of Honour in 1920, and Second Class in 1926.
Michel Legrand 'Mascottes Automobiles' outstanding reference book - the 'bible' on car mascots on Page 51 - Plate 70. Featured again in Michel Legrand book Mascottes Continuite, page 8, figure 7, along with a page from the 1920 Leon Richard catalogue, of the exclusive and exceptionally fine range of ‘Modeles Deposes’ listing it as number 5 at 220 FF. A gigantic price at the time.
As the World’s leading dealer in the finest R.Lalique glass and metal car mascots, I am always very keen to purchase the ultimate car mascots as I have been doing happily for the past 54 years.