Italian Ceramic Elephant Sculpture by Bruno Gambone (Circa 1970s)
Ceramic Indian motif white elephant by Bruno Gambone (circa 1970s). This is an absolutely charming ceramic white elephant with an Indian-style blanket and headdress, large whimsical ears and tusks in Gambone's signature chalk-white. Light brown and blue decorations complement the body as do ornamental markings on the extremities. It is weighty and substantial and of course, exceptionally desirable and collectible. This elegant earthenware piece would be stylish addition to your home or office. In excellent vintage condition. Signed: 'Gambone Italy'. This gallery has several exceptional pieces by Bruno and Guido Gambone listed on this platform. Please carefully view the accompanying photos with this listing to appreciate its condition and aesthetic qualities. Upon request a video clip of the piece may be provided.
About the Artist: The Gambone ceramics have had two very distinct phases of artistic expression in their history. That of Guido Gambone (1909-1969), arguably Italy's most prominent contemporary ceramicist of the 1950s and '60s, and that of his son, Bruno Gambone (1936-2021), who passed away in December of 2021 in Florence, Italy. 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. For the most part, 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. Subsequently, his ceramic pieces have become internationally collectible works of art and in particular, since his death in 2021, his pieces have seen exuberant demand at auction and in private sales.
H 19.5 cm / 7.7"
W 30 cm / 11.8"
D 17 cm / 6.7"