A rare fantastic Chalice Pottery mid century modern large abstract hippo figurine sculpture. Created by Charles and Alice Smith in the 1940-50s, this is a large ceramic abstract hippopotamus sculpture with their typical matte black surface and incised design, pink, blue and white accent decor. Have never seen this large of a Chalice hippo, you can see a smaller version in Chipman's book on page 247. Marked on the back with "Chalice".
In good vintage condition, with no cracks or chips. There is quite a bit of scuffing and lightening of the black matte glaze on the piece. Tail has a light glaze flake, lip of hippo has a small flake. The paint decor overall has wear and fading. There is dirt and wear mostly near the bottom edge.
Measures about 15 1/2" tall, 4 3/4" wide.