A rare Ming blue and white elephant kendi  Wanli
Lot 111
A rare Ming blue and white elephant kendi Wanli
Sold for £11,352 (US$ 19,081) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare Ming blue and white elephant kendi
Wanli
Realistically modelled and painted, the beast recumbent with head raised, wearing a large fringed saddle cloth secured around the chest and haunches with straps hung with pendent tassels, all supporting a vase-shaped aperture (fritting),
21.5cm.(8 1/2in.) high

Footnotes

  • For similar examples of this rare kendi, see R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol.II, p.460; Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol.I, no.991; M.Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain, pl.231; C.J.A.Jorg, Chinese Ceramics in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, p.68, no.55, where the author notes that zoomorphic kendi's such as this elephant, were found on the Witte Leeuw (1613) cargo bound for the Netherlands
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