This is a animal sculpture crafted by Enrique Jolly for D'Argenta Internacional S.A. The body of the animal itself is silver-plated. The sculpted branch in front is gold and copper plated .The sculpture itself is approximately 24 inches wide , 9 1/2 inches high and about 11 inches deep . It weighs approximately 40 pounds . The piece is also pristine and there are no obvious signs of damage or wear . A certificate that came with the sculpture indicates that the piece is model 3008 or simply "Leopardo" . The certificate further indicates that this particular piece is number 248 out of 500 .
Acquired personally in 2007 by myself and deceased spouse . The purchase was made at B & B Marketplace in Acapulco ,Mexico . It is not known how they acquired it . There is however, a label underneath the sculpture that indicates that it was crafted in 2005
The appraised work is a silver-plated sculpture depicting a leopard chewing on a gold and copper-plated tree branch, executed by Mexican artist Enrique Jolly (1932-2000) for D’Argenta. The sculpture was created in an edition of 500 and the certificate that accompanies the subject work lists it as #248. Jolly was born in Acambaro and began working with clay and other sculptural materials at a young age. He studied with important artists like Don Louis Albarran y Pliego and with Don Angel Tarrac, both accomplished sculptors. Jolly exhibited his work throughout Mexico and abroad and also taught at several institutions including the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
The estimate provided is based on comparables recently offered and sold at auction. The artist currently has a limited secondary market, as very few examples of his work have come up for sale. The subject work’s size, composition, condition (based on photographs provided) as well as the artist’s overall auction market were taken into consideration when determining the estimate. In many cases, pricing for similar examples available on the primary (retail) market vary, and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples.