Posted 2 years ago
I am posting this again to show more of the amazing detail of this Art Deco piece, it was my first car mascot and the more that I see it, it really seems to be my favorite or in the top 3 for sure. The detail is so amazing, even his anatomy is correct, which is rare to put that in. I hate having to call it a hood ornament, but unfortunately no category for car mascots which is what the Europeans called them originally.
When I first saw this piece on line I had contacted Tony Wraight of Finesse Fine Art to ask him about this piece. Tony appears to be one of the more famous car mascot authorities and owners. He has had some of the worlds most valuable mascots. I however tend to stay away from the Laliques out there, as I value the metal ones I like better.
This was one of the first Mascots I obtained from Artcurial | Briest - Poulain - F. Tajan Auction house in Paris at their Car auction this month, July 2012. I just got it by Fed-ex July 30th, 2012
Sasportas Batman. This is an exceptionally rare 1920's mascot depicting a flying nude man with bat wings, in purest Art Deco style. Silver plated bronze, signed to base, with foundry stamp behind right wing. Edit. Sasportas was one of the foremost producers of only the very finest mascots in France. They specialised in Art Deco creations, and the name is synonymous with great style and creativity. Described in Michel Legrand book 'Mascottes Passion' Plate 276.
Dimensions : 105mm high, 180mm wingspan.
Condition : Absolutely first class, a totally 100% 1920 original with superb age patination, showing the gentle passing of time. There is absolutely no restoration or replating on this magnificent piece whatsoever, there is some loss to the silver plating but that came with time. A beautiful piece on the 1920 stand which shows just a little wood worm.