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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 473

    A folio from the Polier Album: Fight of an Elephant with a Lion

    ANNOTATED IN FRENCH, "NO. 9 COMABT D'UN ELEPHANT AVEN UN LION," LEFT MARGIN
    INDIA, OUDH, CIRCA 1770-80

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    Estimate

    A folio from the Polier Album: Fight of an Elephant with a Lion
    Annotated in French, "No. 9 Comabt d'un Elephant aven un Lion," left margin
    India, OUdh, circa 1770-80
    The large elephant with his mahout seated behind his head, goring a lion with his tusk as his trunk curls around the prey's body, the lion biting and scratching his foe's leg, set in a hilly landscape surrounded by dark blue borders with white flowers inside beige borders with red and green flowers, the French inscription in the far left margin
    Opaque pigments and gold on wasli
    4¼ x 6¼ in. (10.8 x 15.9 cm.), image
    9 7/8 x 14 in. (25 x 35.6 cm.), folio


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    Provenance

    Antoine Louis Henri Polier, acquired between 1767-68
    Possibly William Beckford, after 1802
    English Private Collection, 1960s