4 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
A PAIR OF UNUSUAL CANTON FAMILLE ROSE ELEPHANTS
FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
Each modelled in a striding pose, looking straight ahead with trunks curled slightly to the left and right and tails swishing to the opposite sides, the bodies under an iron-red glaze with hide markings picked out in a deeper tone, each with a simple iron-red saddle gilt on top with a delicate floral design, and placed over an elaborate lime-green-ground saddle-cloth extending over the head, suspending gilt bells and decorated with scrolling stylised flowers and foliage around four gilt shou roundels
9 7/8 in. (25.3 cm.) long (2)
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It is very unusual to find elephants of this model and design without supporting vases on their backs.
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