Lot 131. A large pale greyish-green jade carving of an elephant, 18th century; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000. Price realised GBP 45,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The elephant is carved standing foursquare with smiling eyes and its trunk curled to the left. The folds of the elephant's skin are embellished with finely incised detail. The elephant's back and base of the feet are pierced with apertures for mounting. The stone is of a pale greenish tone suffused with grey veined inclusions, wood stand.
Provenance: With Spink & Son Ltd., London, purchased January 1956.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019