This sweetly adorable and hand-decorated figure is by celebrated Swedish ceramicist and designer Lisa Larson (b.1931 - ) by Gustavsberg for NK Sweden.
This charming piece is the 'Observant Otter' that was designed in 1980, the 6th of seven Nordic animals in the WWF Endangered Species series by Larson. This figure is one of 2,500 limited edition pieces.
The life-like pose and attentive expression makes this piece live up to its name, as does the beautiful applied glaze of browns, with hues including Hickory, Espresso to Light Walnut. Being hand-decorated, this particular piece bears hairline separation in the glaze above its right eye; this production imperfection, however, only adds to the character and rarity to the piece, making this otter appear as if it has a battle scar.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Lisa Larson (b.1931 - ) is a Swedish ceramicist and designer. She is well known for sculptures series such as 'Small Zoo', 'ABC-girls', 'Africa' and 'Children of the World'. Larson is well known for her warm-hearted, humorous, sometimes subtly ironic design and is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repair. There is mild use-wear of movement marks on the underside of the figure's base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is stamped with WWF'S logo and "EXCLUSIVELY MADE FOR NK SWEDEN BY LISA LARSON, GUSTAVSBERG, SWEDEN. LIMITED EDITION OF 2500 PIECES FOR THE BENEFIT OF WWF."
Height: c. 8.2" / 20.8 cm tall (from base to tallest point ) x width: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm in (across widest point). Depth: c. 5.5" / 14 cm (feet to tail). Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 551 g
Figure will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.