This EXTRA-LARGE elephant is VIRTUALLY EXTINCT (!) and is $940 AUSTRALIAN (approx. US$725). (Postage Australia-wide would be about $45 which INCLUDES FULL insurance & $3 for professional packing with recycled packing materials.) We regularly pick up clean packing material from a major electrical retailer BEFORE it ends up as landfill!  

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This listing price is for the EXTRA-LARGE ELEPHANT only. Any others shown are included to get a relative feel for the size / colour of this piece and are available separately.

Others available in the group photo …

Palatnik Standing Cat- $110

Background Info and Provenance

A stunning Perspex elephant by the famous Brazilian inventor and artist, Abraham Palatnik. This is the rarest Palatnik sculpture I’ve had (and possibly ever come across!) The rarity is tied up in the size- this piece is 40cm high (!) It’s definitely a “stand-alone” piece of art and very strong investment piece. I’ve seen maybe 2 of these elephants in this size online over the last 20 years (and they were obviously not in Australia!). The majority of Palatnik pieces are 10cm high or smaller- this is 4 TIMES THAT SIZE! I doubt you’ll come across anything like it again. (I trawled online before putting this listing on and there are NO Palatnik pieces for sale worldwide anywhere near this size.)

The investment appeal here is a no-brainer. An owl on 1stdibs that’s LESS THAN HALF THIS SIZE is currently priced at AU$890! Having the trunk up adds to the investment appeal. An upward pointed elephant trunk is said to dispense energy, luck, prosperity and kindness.

Palatnik invented this concept in the 1960’s and has since created a swarm of celebrated designs. Known as kinechromatic art, this stunning acrylic (Perspex) elephant is created by infusing two pieces of acrylic together. On one, the patterning of the piece is screen-printed and the other is infused on top; therefore the decoration is contained within the Perspex (as opposed to being painted on the surface). This technique helps make Palatnik’s pieces highly collectable because the decoration can’t be damaged. Therefore, with normal handling, the piece will look as it does today for decades (probably centuries) to come.

Palatnik’s figures became highly collectable after high profile interior designers in the USA (such as Jonathan Adler) started showcasing his sculptures in various interiors. This popularity is set to continue or increase in future years because Palatnik creatures have only become harder to get in recent years. In Australia these figures were not retailed back in the day and are almost impossible to find. Apart from the pieces I’ve had (which I got from America) I’ve seen only a handful of other Palatnik sculptures in the flesh after 19 years in this business. Palatnik also destroyed ALL his moulds and stencils before he died which means there’s a finite number of his pieces out there- no more Palatnik pieces can ever be made. As his work gets broken (or lost), values can only go up (not down). I’ve studied Palatnik values over the last 20 years and they have constantly increased. I haven’t been able to buy any Palatnik pieces to stock in iNVISeDGE for a few years now. This elephant has been part of my personal collection for about 5 years- he will be sorely missed- (selling my finds is the only way I can stay in business)! 

After most modern home décor has ended up in landfill this 1960’s piece will still be telling stories, igniting the imagination and inspiring generations to come. Investing in hand-crafted vintage art preserves the stories of our past and makes a positive impact in our world. By investing in vintage items such as this you do your part to reduce landfill, carbon emissions and you encourage local small business. Think globally, buy locally!



This vintage piece is in excellent condition for its age with no flaws that affect the display of the piece. The underside of one foot has a very shallow knock that is barely noticeable and was very hard to show in a photo. The other foot has a chip that is only noticed when you turn it upside-down or really inspect the base of that foot very closely when the piece is on display. I don't think either of these minor signs of age and use affect the value of this piece because you'll never find another one of these again- he didn't make many of these that were 40cm in height. He made quite a few around 10cm to 16cm in height but not many that were bigger. Most Palatnik pieces are now about 60 years old- you won't find many that don't have at least some sign of use and age. These two chips could be buffed out if you're really pedantic (but personally, I like this piece exactly as it is; it is now about 60 years old.) And this one looks great on display. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This elephant measures 40cm in height, cm at its widest point and has a thickness of cm. Weight- a substantial 1350 grams. Read my 1200+ ebay feedback comments (ALL for vintage furniture/decorative arts SALES). This is your guarantee that I strive to describe all my items as accurately as I can and I will not stock items unless they are in excellent condition.
PICK-UP . . . from 30 or 40 minutes North of BRISBANE city is accepted but postage is preferred as my home is hard to find. Because of this I will nominate a friend or family member for you to collect the item from if you need collection. Pick-up in person must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $24 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
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