Ornately embellished figures of elephants in various materials were found in halls and throne rooms in the Imperial palace. Cf. enamel and gilt-bronze examples in the Yangxin Hall where the Emperor received his officials, illustrated in Palaces of the Forbidden City, Hong Kong, 1986, pls. 78-79; and a pair with similarly ornamented rectangular stands, sold in these Rooms, 29 September 1992, lot 892. Compare also the spinach-green elephant of similar size, dated to the 18th century, from the Estate of Empress Friedrich at Schloss Friedrichshof, included in the exhibition Chinese Jade, Spink London, 1998, no. 23.