Art-Nouveau style horn, head and legs in nickel-plated bronze on a brass horn body.
The exorbitant red tinted glass eyes accentuate the fantastic and caricatural aspect of the animal, which is characteristic of Carlo Bugatti's work influenced by nature, plants and insects, which he interprets to his own taste. It can be compared to the knife holders in Mr. and Mrs. Lesieutre's collection.
Small model, L: 40 cm.
Exhibition: A similar model at the Louwman Automobil Museum in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Bibliography: "Das Automobil in Der Kunst 1886- 1986", by Peter Stepan, Prestel publishing house in Munich 1986. Work presented under number 110 of the catalogue.
Census: As far as we know, apart from the item in the Automobil in der Kunst catalogue which belongs to a well-known Swiss collection and the Louwman Museum, there is another in the United States in Menphis.