An Impressive Large Gilt-Copper and Cloisonné Caparisoned Elephant and Stand, Qianlong-Jiaqing Period (1736-1820)
清 乾隆/嘉庆(1736-1820) 鎏金铜胎掐丝珐琅嵌宝'太平有象'摆件
The sculpture constructed as a representation of 'taiping youxiang' 太平有象, or 'peaceful times'; the elephant cast and gilded with a foundation fine ridges to simulate wrinkled hide, embellished overtop with ornamental trappings lined with cabouchons. The elephant's back is draped with a cloisonné blanket picturing white and red-hued peonies, and the saddle is surmounted by double-lotus supporting a champlevé enamel baluster vase with loose ring handles. From the vase, precious objects are issued such as coral, as well as a large white jade roundel depicting the God of Longevity, Shoulao, accompanied by a crane and attendant surrounded by flowering trees and rockery, inlaid using agates, rose quartz, lapis lazuli, malachite, and other semi-precious stones. The base is formed from a gilt-copper base similarly decorated using champlevé and cloisonné enamel techniques, further embellished with coloured cabochons; the elephant and vase cast as one single piece, the base cast separately, and the jade plaque, pieces of coral, and leaf fitted with long metal prongs to fit into the vase;
jade plaque diameter 8.5 in (21.7 cm), base stand 9.6 x 19.7 x 11.8 in (24.5 x 50 x 30 cm)
overall including jade plaque and stand height 44 in — 111.8 cm
June 09, 2022
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