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439

An Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Chinese Export Elephant-form Tureens, Covers and Stands, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1770 | 清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩描金胡人瑞象湯盆連托盤一對

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Property of an Important Midwestern Collection

An Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Chinese Export Elephant-form Tureens, Covers and Stands, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1770 | 清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩描金胡人瑞象湯盆連托盤一對

An Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Chinese Export Elephant-form Tureens, Covers and Stands, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1770 | 清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩描金胡人瑞象湯盆連托盤一對

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Lot sold:

176,400

USD

Property of an Important Midwestern Collection

An Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Chinese Export Elephant-form Tureens, Covers and Stands

Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1770

清乾隆 約1770年 粉彩描金胡人瑞象湯盆連托盤一對


each tureen delicately modeled as a recumbent elephant with the head turned to one side tucked snugly into the body with the trunk coiled, molded overall with naturalistic folds in the hide, the cover surmounted by a finial in the form of a European man wearing a long purple coat and tricorn hat, kneeling atop a purple-edged iron-red saddle highlighted with gilding extending down the sides of the elephant, the lobed oval stand painted in the center with a similarly dressed European holding a whip sat astride a recumbent elephant in landscape within an iron-red and gilt border

length of tureen 6 3/8 in.; 16.2 cm

One elephant with the tip of the tusk restored and with a restored chip on the top of the rim on the right honch, and the other elephant tureen with a small chip at the back. Both finials on the covers previously off and restored back on, and both hands restored, one finial with restoration to neck. One dish with an approx. 1 in. restored area at the rim at 6 o'clock and covered in spray visible on the reverse, the other dish overall good condition with minor wear to enamels. Otherwise overall with minor wear to the surface and with enamels well preserved.


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The Fermor-Hesketh Collection, Northamptonshire 
Christie’s Monaco, June 20th, 1988, lot 121
A. & J. Speelman Ltd., London, 1993