Vintage Ceramic Lion Sculpture by Bruno Gambone (circa 1990s)
Smiling ceramic lion / cat sculpture by ceramicist Bruno Gambone (circa 1990s). This seated lion sculpture is truly 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 patch of glazed brown over its smiling visage. The features 'drawn' into the form render it simple and childlike. Unusually desirable and collectible, this earthenware 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 overall condition. Signed: 'Gambone Italy' on the underside. Upon request a video 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 15 cm / 5.9"
W 18.5 cm / 7.3"
D 17.5 cm / 6.9"