Lot 127. A pair of embellished cloisonné and champlevé enamel caparisoned elephants, Qianlong-Jiaqing period (1736-1820). Estimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 74,460 - USD 99,280). Price Realised GBP 185,000 (USD 229,585). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.
Each elephant supports a vase containing lingzhi sprigs embellished with goldstones, with stylised lotus designs on the vase, saddle and saddle cloth. The white bodies are inset with gilt cloisons imitating the wrinkled hide, and the trappings are decorated with various coloured stones. The taller 16 ¾ in. (42.5 cm.) high
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street