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Lot 383: PAIR OF LARGE BRASS REPOUSSED ELEPHANT INLAID CANDELABRA
12 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
Description: The Brass repoussed to a modeled in the form of a caparisoned standing figure of an elephant, the head facing straight forward, carrying a three candle-holder, vase atop the blanket with an inverted neck and flared rim candle holder on its back. The blanket decorated with relief of scrolling foliate. Three candelabra everted from a scrolling floral row of metal are held by vertical supports that end in taper. Each of the candle bowls and spandrels suspending a jade ring (one missing). The trunk raised and curved forward between two Jade tusks suspended from the mouth. Adorned with many jewels and pendants on the body, inlaid with carved turquoise and agate beads (some missing). The elephants standing on a rectangular double lotus throne pedestal. The elephant is sometimes shown carrying a "treasure" vase (bao ping) on its back. Since the word "vase" (ping ) has the same pronunciation as the word for "peace" (Ping'an ), the implied meaning is "may you have 'good luck' (elephant) and 'peace' (vase)". A slim support bar lifts the top while securing to four scrollwork legs that protrude outwards at the very bottom of the candelabra. Elegance curls add grace to the design as well as fine detail to the overall presentation. The plain middle offers plenty of room for broad ribbons, flower bouquets, wreaths and anything else you might want to use to blend this exquisite piece with the rest of the venue décor.
Condition Report: Dents, and missing inlaid. Please Note: EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
Provenance: From the estate of a retired overseas director of a large package delivery corporation, this collection has been accumulated from all points on the globe. While some of the collection is eccentric it is also well diversified and truly valuable. We consider it a privilege to offer part of this collection at auction. Funds from this auction will go to various local charities of their choice.
Dimensions: Dimension: 33" H x 17-1/4" L x 12-1/2" D