Leopard Chase Vase

Graceful and powerful, leopards are revered in African culture for their cunning, agility ferocity, and kingly associations.
This elegant masterwork – sculpted by Thabo Mbele and painted by Jabu Nene - pays tribute to these master hunters and to fellow Ardmore artist,
Punch Shabalala, whose naive leopard motifs are seen in the ‘Leopard Walk’ Cole & Son wallpaper.
Jabu has added a chic, intricate design to this magnificent form's classical style, with its sculpted leopards in relief.
Her use of a painted spotted background is a reminder of ancient Greek mosaics, while her choice of golden browns and reds,
contrasted with dark blues and charcoals, add a sophisticated elegance tooth’s incredibly, fantastic urn.

Height: 80cm / Width: 42cm / Depth/Length: 42cm

    • Thabo Mbhele
    • Thabo Mbhele
      - Sculptor

      Thabo was born in 1984 in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Educated until Grade 5, he travelled to South Africa and found work building houses in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Thabo heard about Ardmore Ceramic Art while visiting his cousin, Bennet Zondo, who is a leading sculptor at the ... read more

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    • Lovemore Sithole
    • Lovemore Sithole
      - Thrower

      Lovemore Sithole was born in 1962 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His early schooling was interrupted when he joined recruits to train as a freedom fighter during the Zimbabwean War of Independence. After the war, in 1982, he returned to Bulawayo and joined the Mzilikazi Arts and Craft ... read more

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    • Jabu Nene
    • Jabu Nene
      - Painter

      Jabu Nene discovered her passion for art while at school. In 1991, when she was 15 years old, she was introduced to the colourful world of Ardmore Ceramic Art and its founder Fée Halsted. Her mentor was the renowned Ardmore painter, Punch Shabalala, who guided her ... read more

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