A pair of Kakiemon elephants, Japanese, circa 1680.

Each elephant 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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