Elephant Candelabrum Vase (Vase à Tête d'Eléphant)

A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.
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  • A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.

Date:

1757/58

Artist:

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, founded 1740
Design attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, active 1745/48-1774, died 1783)
Painted by Pierre-Louis-Philippe Armand (French, active 1758-1781)

About this artwork

This model is one of the more exotic forms created by Jean-Claude Duplessis. The elephants’ trunks originally supported double candle sockets that are now missing. The idea of combining elephant heads with a vase may have derived from a Ming dynasty Chinese vase or a Meissen candelabrum. The Sèvres painter Pierre-Louis-Philippe Armand accentuated the sensuous qualities of the elephants by framing their brown eyes with pink lids and long eyelashes.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

Title

Elephant Candelabrum Vase (Vase à Tête d'Eléphant)

Origin

Sèvres

Date

1757–1758

Medium

Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding

Inscriptions

Mark: interlaced L's enclosing letter E with dots above and below; "482" in red overglaze; incised on body on base: "MLi"

Dimensions

39.2 cm (15 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Joseph Maier and Arthur Lewis Liebman Memorial: Gift of Kenneth J. Maier, M.D.

Reference Number

1986.3446

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