The stylisation of the features to the face of the animal is almost Daliesque being comical, angular, jaunty and playful, her expression still manages to be naturalistic with a mixture of watchfulness, humour and perhaps the look of; ‘please fill my bowl’.
It is difficult to say who created the model with any certainty but undoubtedly had a sense of humour along with a high amount of artistic skill to proportion the animal brilliantly, with such fluidity, yet still managing to exaggerate the features to make them more prominent, especially to the stilt like legs and pointed face. She may well have been used as a shop or window display piece in a department store.
The harlequin great dane is a breed of large dog, noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and it’s large and imposing appearance belies its friendly nature. They are known for seeking physical affection with their owners, and the breed is often referred to as a “gentle giant” with good stamina. Indeed, this particular example can stand still and quiet for hours on end and suffer no ill side effects at all, which is rather remarkable.
This is simply gloriously decorative and masses of fun, and probably, unique too.