Rembrandt Bugatti was an Italian sculptor, known primarily for his bronze sculptures of wildlife subjects. His older brother later became one of the most famous automobile manufacturers in the world. Both grew up in an environment around famous artists. In Rembrandt’s youth he was a friend of Prince Paolo Prince Trubetsky.
Bugatti’s sculptures of animals such as elephants, panthers and lions became his most valuable and popular works. The silver elephant mascot that sits on top of the radiator of the Bugatti Royale was cast from one of Rembrandt's original sculptures. In 1916 he committed suicide, poisoning himself after he learned that the Antwerp Zoo, which was his main object to study wild livestock, had been forced to kill most of their animals during World War I.