A whimsical large modernist stoneware beastie animal bank designed by Victor "Vic" Bracke of Bakersfield, CA. He studied pottery with Vivika and Otto Heino - believe this particular piece dates to the 1960s. Wonderful studio pottery animal form with large snout, applied eyes and back feet - rough stoneware with dipped and dripped red-brown glaze that is typical of his style. Large coin slot on top, no opening to get the coins out. The form of the animal is reminiscient of the Robert Maxwell critters. We haven't really seen any other Bracke pieces like this one, most are vases and pots. Signed on bottom with incised "Vic Bracke".
In good vintage condition, with no cracks or chips. A few manufacturing pops to glaze here and there.
Measures about 9 1/2" long, 5 3/4" at widest point, 5 1/4" at tallest point.