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Ceramic Lion Sculpture by Bruno Gambone (circa 1990s)


SKU 0657

Smiling ceramic lion / cat sculpture by ceramicist Bruno Gambone, (circa 1990s). This seated lion sculpture is a work of art. It is whimsical, yet beautiful in its use of the pared-down minimalist design elements. Its chalk-white colour adds to its intrigue with a face in unglazed sandy brown and an endearing, smiling face. It has the appearance that a child would love immediately yet at the same time, the minimalist simplicity pleases sophisticated collectors. This is a rarely found Gambone with a sandy brown face created in the 1990s. Unusually desirable and collectible, this ceramic piece will not only refine the look of your home or office, but put a smile on your face for years to come as well. In very good vintage condition. Signed: 'Gambone Italy'.

About the Artist: The Gambone ceramics have had two very distinct phases of artistic expression in their history. That of Guido Gambone, arguably Italy's most prominent contemporary ceramicist of the 1950s and '60s, and that of his son, Bruno Gambone, who is still at work. The father's work was more exuberant and colourful. Bruno, who returned to Florence in 1969 to keep the ceramic studio running after his father died, became intent on expressing his own very different artistic vision. Towards the latter part of the Seventies, Bruno created a series of ceramics dedicated to imaginary animals. For the most part, however, his work was influenced by '60s and '70s minimalist art. The forms are more rectilinear, the decoration very simple and the tones muted. During a stint in New York, Bruno spent time with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and gained much experience in the fields of painting, sculpture, cinema and theatre. His ceramic pieces have become internationally collectible works of art. 


H 26 cm / 10.2"

W 20 cm / 7.9"

D 15 cm / 5.9"