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Lot 112. A pair of cloisonné enamel caparisoned elephants, Jiaqing period (1796-1820); 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000Price realised GBP 93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019

Each elephant is modelled in mirror image standing four-square with their heads turned to the left and right. The bodies are executed in white enamel and decorated with colourful trappings. Each back is covered by a long saddlecloth decorated with a chime amongst clouds above crashing waves, supporting a small saddle and a beribonned double gourd vase, carved, stained elm stands.

Note: The combination of an elephant carrying a vase on its back represents the rebus taiping youxiang, which may be translated as 'When there is peace, there are signs'. 

Compare the present lot to a pair of elephants carrying baluster vases rather than double gourds formerly in the collection of Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (1898-1978), Daylesford House, Gloucestershire, sold at Christie's London, 13 June 2018, lot 70.

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From the collection of Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (1898-1978), Daylesford House, Gloucestershire. A pair of Chinese cloisonné enamel caparisoned elephants, 19th century; 13 in. (33 cm.) high. Sold for 50,000 GBP at Christie's London, 13 June 2018, lot 70. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

Each modelled standing foursquare with the head turned to one side, carrying a twin-handled vase on a saddle decorated with lotus scrolls. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019