Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th Century
Lot 5154Y
Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th Century
Sold for US$ 1,834,000 inc. premium
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Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th Century Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th Century Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th Century Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant 19th/20th century
Lot Details
Gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant
19th/20th Century
Lavishly constructed of multiple sections and inlaid throughout with brilliantly colored glass; all supported by cabriole legs separating an ornately reticulated apron below a the waisted plinth with sides of ruyi lappet and flowering leafy vine bands surmounted with a delicate balustrade upon which stands the elephant with ivory tusks, veined ears, and wrinkled skin rendered in detailed whorls and attired in an elaborate saddle and caparison, the former including a blanket each side of which with tableaux of auspicious emblems above churning waves surrounded by bands of stylized vines and lotuses and supporting a multi-lobed elaborately decorated urn with multiple bands of lotus petals and ruyi lappets, the widest lobe with a wide leiwen scroll band, all surmounted by a arc-shaped finial designed to support a flat circular object.
26 3/4in (68cm) high

Footnotes

  • The image of an elephant (xiang) supporting a vase (ping) is a propitious rebus implying that, with the rule of a sage emperor, come signs (xiang) of peace (ping): taiping you xiang. Terese Tse Bartholomew points out in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art (San Francisco, 2006) that during the Qing dynasty, real elephants with vases were paraded to celebrate the emperor's birthday.

    For a prototype of this lot, see the elaborate pair dated to the Qianlong era and sold at Nagel Auktionen, Stuttgart as lot 118, May 17th, 2007.
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