Vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Sculpture of a Seating Leopard, 1970s


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This large, ceramic leopard was made in Italy during the 1970s. Made of high-quality hand-painted ceramics. It looks very dignified and elegant. This decorative object has an imprinted stamp on the bottom with the words Made in Italy. This figure is perfect match to the Holywood Regency style.

Animalistic sculptures have a very long tradition and go back to the Paleoite times. Over the following centuries, artists forged animal forms in stone, glued clay and cast bronze. It was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that gave animalistic sculpture an independent position. With the development of cabinet art and collecting, small sculptures depicting various animals gained more and more popularity. Art Nouveau artists drew inspiration from the world of animals with full handfuls, creating both independent sculptures and furniture, jewelry inspired by the shapes of animal bodies. In the art deco style, the complex shapes of animals were reduced to simple, geometric shapes, which, combined with details and refined materials, gave an incredibly decorative effect. The master of this type of treatment was François Pompon, whose figure of a walking polar bear passed into the canon. Great avant-garde artists also did not shy away from animal shapes. It is enough to mention Pablo Picasso or Henry Moore.

This figurine is in minted original vintage condition.

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