Presented for sale is a magnificent 1900 Amphora pottery sculpture of a trumpeting elephant designed by Arthur Strasser. The elephant is shown on a rusticated platform in a walking position with his trunk and tusks raised.
Arthur Strasser (1854 – 1927) was a Viennese artist who was recognized mostly for his naturalistic sculptures. He was the head of the sculpture class at the Vienna Arts and Crafts School from 1899 – 1919. He worked in both bronze and terracotta. His most famous sculpture was a large bronze figure depicting Mark Anthony in a chariot being pulled by lions, which was produced for the 1900 Paris World Exhibition. He produced many of his sculptures on a smaller scale for the Friedrich Goldschneider factory.
The rather large sculpture is in good condition with the following exceptions: there has been a previous professional restoration to the two tusks (not the gold lines, that is an original decoration, but in front of those); there is a firing flaw original to the piece, running from the top of his neck down three inches (not affecting the structure); there is some discoloration to the inside of one of the front legs; there is an overall surface crazing as seen on most of these aged pieces.
Size: 22 ½" Height by 25 ½" Length.