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A RARE PAIR OF CORAL BEAD, HARDSTONE AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED FIGURES OF ELEPHANTS
A RARE PAIR OF CORAL BEAD, HARDSTONE AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED FIGURES OF ELEPHANTS
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A RARE PAIR OF CORAL BEAD, HARDSTONE AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED FIGURES OF ELEPHANTS

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A RARE PAIR OF CORAL BEAD, HARDSTONE AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED FIGURES OF ELEPHANTS
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Both elephants are covered with small coral beads and shown standing foursquare with head facing forward, ears pulled back and trunk slightly curled up. The enameled gilt-metal harness and saddlecloth are decorated with lotus sprays within a key-fret border and beaded fringes, are further embellished with turquoise, tourmaline, amethyst, glass and jade.

9 ¾ in. (24.8 cm) x 9 in. (22.9 cm.) long
Provenance
Offered Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, 10 February 1979, lot 53.
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Elephant-form objects such as this luxurious coral and hardstone-embellished pair were popular imperial furnishings as elephants symbolize peace and stability. Compare the lapis lazuli figure of an elephant dated to the Qianlong period also adorned with lavishly embellished trappings, but shown supporting a vase with a tall embellished canopy, illustrated in Daily Life in the Forbidden City, New York, 1988, p. 158, no. 216.

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