A rare and early 'St.Christopher' motoring figurine 'mascot' by Charles Sykes, 1899,
Lot 50
A rare and early 'St.Christopher' motoring figurine 'mascot' by Charles Sykes, 1899,
£ 4,000 - 5,000
US$ 5,300 - 6,600

Goodwood Revival

8 Sep 2018, 11:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
A rare and early 'St.Christopher' motoring figurine 'mascot' by Charles Sykes, 1899,
A rare and early 'St.Christopher' motoring figurine 'mascot' by Charles Sykes, 1899,
signed 'C.Sykes' to rear of tapered square base and inscribed 'St Christopher' to front of base, 'cire perdu' cast figure in bronze with dark patina depicting the patron saint of travellers 'seeking the way' with hooded cloak and staff, 11cm high, fixed to wooden base with believed original mounting stud and bolt.

Footnotes

  • This bronze St.Christopher figurine is of the type as believed to have been fitted to the 1899 12Hp Daimler of Member of Parliament John Douglas-Scott-Montagu (1866-1929), 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, who reportedly drove his Daimler adorned with the St.Christopher figurine, into the yard of the Houses of Parliament in 1899, and believed to be the first time a 'mascot' was fitted to a motorcar.

    Further information supplied by research staff at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where Lord Montagu's Daimler is currently displayed, suggests that the 'mascot' may have been fitted to the interior of the car, as there was no convention for the radiator display of mascots at that time.
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