Lot 113. A rare blue and white 'Elephant' kendi, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620); 21.5 cm, 8 1/2 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
modelled with its head thrust into the air, the tusks forming a double-spout, a tall cylindrical vase on its back forming the handle, its tasselled saddle cloth painted to both sides with a floret reserved on a diaper ground.
From an Italian collection.
Note: A similar kendi was sold in these rooms, 13th May 2009, lot 181; and another, recovered from the Witte Leeuw (1613) cargo belonging to the Dutch East India Company, is illustrated in Jean Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain in North America, 2000, p. 68, col. pl. 97. See also a group of seven kendi of this type included in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol II, London 1986, pls. 1294-1295; and another example, from the Mottahedeh collection and exhibited at the Virginia Museum between 1981-82, at the China Institute of America in 1984, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1984-85, sold in our New York rooms, 19th October 2000, lot 78.
A blue and white 'elephant' kendi, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620); 21cm., 8 1/4 in. Sold for 12,500 GBP at Sotheby's London, 13th May 2009, lot 181. Courtesy Sotheby's 2009
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2018, 10:30 AM