21 January 2009
A LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE ELEPHANT KENDI
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
The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 78.
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Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 141, no. 90.
Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. I, p. 50, no. 5.
Virginia Museum, 1981-82.
China Institute in America, 1984.
Metropolitan Museum, 1984-85, no. 10.
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.
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