Leather Elephant by Deru

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About

A half-century ago, a German company called Deru made beautifully crafted figures of various animals with an imaginative, origami-like technique of crimping/sewing/riveting a single piece of leather. These are now quite hard to find, and of the various "species" produced, the elephant was the finest (this is an example of one of the larger of the two elephant figures made). The way a manipulated piece of leather can so accurately and expressively capture "elephantness" is an amazing thing to behold. A loveable object!
Details
Place of Origin
Germany
Date of Manufacture
early 1960s
Period
1960-1969
Materials and Techniques
Leather
crimped
sewn
riveted
Condition
Original vintage condition: some scratches and staining, all characterful.
Dimensions
8.5 in. H x 10.5 in. W x 5.5 in. D
22 cm H x 27 cm W x 14 cm D
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U1112138091666
Address
Sam Kaufman Gallery
7965 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90048
US
(323) 886-0213
Associations
  • 20th Century Specialists
1stdibs Dealer since 2005 Located in Los Angeles, CA
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