Verzilverd metalen replica
|Object type:||Decorative item|
A short history of The Spirit of Ecstasy:
The very first Rolls-Royce motorcars did not feature radiator mascots. This was not sufficient for their customers who believed that such a prestigious vehicle as a Rolls-Royce motorcar should have its own luxurious mascot.
John Walter Edward Baron Montagu of Beaulieu commissioned his friend, sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes to sculpt a personal mascot for the bonnet of his 1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
It carries with it a story about secret passion between the Baron and the model for the car's mascot, Eleanor Velasco Thornton...
Eleanor was the secretary of the Baron, who fell madly in love with her. When she became his mistress, their secret love was to remain hidden, limited to their circle of friends for more than a decade: Montagu was still married to Lady Cecil Victoria Constance Kerr...
By then, personal mascots had become the fashion of the day. Rolls-Royce were concerned to note that some owners were affixing "inappropriate" ornaments to their cars. Claude Johnson, then managing director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, was asked to commission a dignified and graceful mascot.
He also turned to Sykes to produce a mascot which would adorn all future Rolls-Royce cars and become generic to the marque, with the specifications that it should convey "the spirit of the Rolls-Royce".
It was again Miss Thornton whom he had in mind: Sykes chose to slightly modify the Barons design into "A graceful little goddess, the Spirit of Ecstasy, who has selected road travel as her supreme delight and alighted on the prow of a Rolls-Royce motor car to revel in the freshness of the air and the musical sound of her fluttering draperies, her arms outstretched and her sight fixed upon the distance."
Made 1:1 of silvered metal with antique finish.
Height: 12.5 cm / 4.9 inch
|Member since:||October 15, 2014|
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