A BLUE AND WHITE 'ELEPHANT' KENDI
MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD
modelled with its head facing upwards and the truncated tusks forming a double-spout, its tasselled saddle cloth painted to both sides with cartouches depicting garden scenes
Length 15.2 cm, 6 in.
The handle has been replaced with a metal fitting as illustrated. The tips of the spots have been chipped off. There are some general wear/scratches, minor fritting to the edges, and minor firing imperfections including pinhole glaze pulls.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."