Sascha Brastoff (birth name Samuel Brostofsky) Sascha began creating ceramics in New York in the early 40’s. After a stint in the Air Force followed by working as a costume designer with Fox Studios in Hollywood, he set up a ceramics plant in West Los Angeles called Sascha Brastoff Product’s Incorporated with the backing of Winthorpe B. Rockefeller. Sascha Brastoff made decorative accessories, ceramics, enamels on copper, and plastics of his own design. He headed a factory, Sascha Brastoff of California, Inc., in West Los Angeles, from 1953 until about 1973. He died in 1993. He was a favorite among top Hollywood celebrities and other notables. The book "Sascha Brastoff" is worth reading. It contains his fascinating biography, identification, and price guide.
This piece, a fish shape, is very rare and may be unique. There are only two fish shapes shown in the book; one is in the private collection of the authors, and is estimated at $500.00. This shape was not offered in the catalogue showing different shapes. Because it is signed on the plate but not on the bottom we can date it accurately. (The other fish shape was used as a test for artists applying to the factory). Sascha did create some very large steel fish for a number of movies, but none with this very different shape.
Size: 11 inches by 11 inches. 2 inches tall.
Signed: "Sascha b" Lower middle.
Condition: Craquelure. There are two old small repairs, approximately 1 inch each. (Deeply discounted because of this.)
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