This listing price is for the EXTRA LARGE OWL only and is in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS. ($380 AUD is significantly less in American $. Any other pieces shown are included to get a relative feel for the size / colour of this piece and are available separately.
Background Info and Provenance
A stunning Perspex owl by the famous Brazilian inventor and artist, Abraham Palatnik. The EXTRA LARGE Owls are particularly RARE. In the last 20 years, I’ve only ever come across two of these extra large ones for sale in Australia (and one of those is this!). This design came in 4 sizes that I’m aware of- the EXTRA LARGE size is the rarest of them all. The smallest is much easier to find and measures only 8cm in height- this one is 25.5cm tall!
The other thing that makes this one special is that the design is different on each side. This one is called the Day / Night Owl (the reverse side is predominantly black). To my knowledge this is the only Palatnik pieces that employs this idea.
Palatnik invented this concept in the early-1960’s and over three decades he has created a swarm of celebrated designs. Known as kinechromatic art, this stunning acrylic (Perspex) owl 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 and 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 even increase in future years because Palatnik creatures have only become harder to get in recent years. Palatnik recently died (of COVID). He destroyed all the moulds and stencils he created to make these pieces before he passed. This means there’s a finite number Palatnik pieces out there- available pieces will only decrease in coming years as his work gets lost or broken. Watch the value of these pieces climb in value in the future!
In Australia these figures have never been retailed 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. After most modern home décor has ended up in landfill this 1960’s piece will still be passing, hands, telling stories and inspiring generations to come.
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This vintage piece is in excellent condition for its age with no noticeable flaws to report at all. NO chips, NO cracks, NO repairs. This one is in the best condition of any Palatnik piece I've had. There's nothing at all that’s noticeable. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
This EXTRA LARGE Owl measures cm long, cm at its widest point and has a height of 25.5 cm. Weight- 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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