Posted 4 years ago
This is the first, and only, hood ornament I've ever bought, but as soon as I saw it I just knew I "had" to have it...!
The maker's name (looks like it was written backwards/upside down or perhaps the letters scrambled?) appears to be something like "Yoylur" (??), the foundry is "Louis Godard", and it's dated 1929- all inscribed in the bronze. You can see part of the foundry name in the first pic and part of the artist's name and "192" of the 1929 in the third pic, but I'm limited to 4 photos and can't add a close-up.
I would assume that it's French though I bought it in Belgium. It measures 6 1/4 inches high, and it's very heavy.
On the base there appears to be a hare and a fox (?), and it's in fantastic fully original unrestored condition.
I've done a thorough internet search to no avail, except that I've been made aware of the possibility that this is almost certainly a one-of-a-kind "vanity" ornament commissioned by a (very) wealthy automobile enthusiast. Indeed, it doesn't seem logical that anyone else would have wanted to have the bust of a stranger, striking as it may be, on their own car.
Thanks for looking!