The photograph is of what is, almost certainly, the original RR “Silver Lady” Mascot with which Charles Sykes won the Diploma for Mascot Design at the 1911 Paris Saloon. (See V-E-V Miscellany, Nov. 1976.) It was left to my wife by her Aunt Violette Raphoul who died a year ago, and who was the model for the statuette. Charles Sykes, his wife Jessica Elkington, and Vio, as she was always called, were great friends; and Vio was his model on many occasions, including his picture of Salome which he signed “To Violette” and which is now with her sister, Mrs. Brunel. Vio was a very beautiful, artistic person with a strange, ethereal personality. Perhaps this was Sykes’ inspiration for the “Spirit of Ecstasy” ?
Monte Carlo, Norman Berry