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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 165

    A LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE ELEPHANT KENDI

    WANLI PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE ELEPHANT KENDI
    WANLI PERIOD
    Modeled standing, its head thrust into the air, the tusks forming a double-spout, a tall cylindrical vase on its back forming the handle, its tasselled saddle painted to both sides with a horse
    7¾ in. (19.6 cm.) high


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    Chinese porcelain kendi, deriving from a Middle Eastern form, were made in several animal forms in the Ming dynasty, including frog. For another elephant example from the Hodroff Collection, see Christie's, New York, 23 January 2008, lot 234.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 78.


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 141, no. 90.
    Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. I, p. 50, no. 5.


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82.
    China Institute in America, 1984.
    Metropolitan Museum, 1984-85, no. 10.