Chinese collection

Item LL 6133

Accession no: LL 6133
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Altar ornament
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 71 cm, W. 64 cm

Description: Altar ornament, one of a pair (to LL 6132), in the form of a richly dressed elephant, carrying beaker-shaped vase on its back. The elephant's body is carefully drawn in brown and red, and the trapping is painted in rich famille rose enamels. On the saddle is a diaper of pink, with brown borders turned up with yellow. Beneath it is a saddle-cloth in red with gilt designs of fruiting peach tree and waves, and green diaper borders with red tassel design below. The head and back are covered with jewelled harness, set with red and turquoise glass pastes. The tusks are made of ivory. The vase is in the form of beakers with bulbous stems and flaring mouths, and four dentate ribs running down the sides; in colour and design they closely imitate cloisonné enamel. In the vase is a plant with long slender leaves and red berries - the leaves in green jade, the berries in coral, and a bud in the centre in dark green jade.

Bought from Frank Partridge, 12 March 1920, £800 (for a pair ; LL 6132 & LL 6133), gifted the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 546.