Two Large Elephant Ear Planters Designed by Willy Guhl
Hardly any dealers know that a mid-20th century French Company named Elo knocked off many of Willy Guhl designs manufactured by Eternit in Switzerland, including that of the famed "Elephant Ear" planters, also generally mis-identified as Handkerchief or Mouchoir planters. The distinguishable difference between the Elo version and the Eternit Elephant Ear versions is that the the Elo planters have four downward sloping edges, while the Eternit/Willy Guhl planters have two diagonally-opposing flat corners and two diagonally-opposing downward sloping corners. In fact, if you look carefully at other listings of "Elephant Ear" planters, you will find many that are mis-labeled as being Willy Guhl, when they are, in fact, Elo. Regardless, we had three beautifully-patinated authentic Elephant Ear planters, designed by WIlly Guhl in the 1960s and hand-made by Eternit, AG of Switzerland (but now the one with the chippy white and red paint has sold). They look sensational potted up with a profuse array of annuals and sedum that spill over the sides or simply with mounded moss for a sleek Zen look. Made of fiber cement, a strong and lightweight material that is durable in all climates, they can be left outside year-round, although we would recommend emptying them of dirt and turning them upside-down in harsh winter climates. Please note that because these were hand-draped during the production process, there is a slight variation on the curves and slopes.
Switzerland, CA 1960
H: 13.83 in D: 32-33 in W: 32.5-33 in
Price: $3,200 each
Ref: CPL 1158 B, C