"Dolly" l'elephant by Ceramist Le Jan crackled sculpture from the 1930's with inscription on the base. The finish is an ivory glaze with a darker finish in the cracks. It is interesting to see that the piece is hollow as the liquid clay would have been poured into a mould.
Crackling dates back to the 12th century when the Chinese first started this technique. As the vast majority of crackle sculptures, this piece is executed in fine earthenware.
Being a porous material, it requires varnishing or enameling, done at low temperatures. The white clay is baked at about a thousand degrees, and in order to remain white, there mustn't be more than 1% of iron oxide. The material used to seal the clay is very close to glass and is composed mainly of silica.An adjunction of alumina gives it its viscosity and the liquid is applied with a brush. The degree of crackling is controlled with different ratios of alkaline oxydes and heat. Height : 35 cm / 13.78 inches. Length : 41 cm / 16.14 inches. Width : 12 cm / 4.72 inches.
This object is not a reproduction but is authentic. It has been worn by the time which makes for me all its charm. Do not hesitate to contact me for any clarification.I take great care to pack my items so that you receive them in very good condition. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Sculptures & Figurines". The seller is "isabdecat-0" and is located in this country: FR. This item can be shipped worldwide.