A pair of elephants, Japanese, circa 1680.

Each elephant, which is 28.7cm in height, has a rectangular brocade saddlecloth painted in the Kakiemon palette with peony amid scrolling karakusa, the cloth tied with a red tasselled cinch. They stand four-square, with heads raised and turned to one side, one with ears pricked, the other with flattened ears. They appear in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: “My Lords Bedd Chamber…. China over ye Chimney…..2 large Ellephants.”



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