An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750

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An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750

Sold for £ 121,500 (US$ 163,888) inc. premium
An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
In the white, naturalistically modelled standing with outstretched trunk and long tusks, 23cm high; 49.5cm across; shield mark in underglaze-blue, red-painted MAK inventory number Ke 7523.28975 (one toe chipped, smaller chips to toes, small chip to left ear)

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  • Provenance:
    Heinrich Rothberger Collection, Vienna (by 1902);
    Confiscated by the Vienna municipal authorities in November 1938;
    Acquired by the Staatliches Kunstgewerbemuseum (later Museum für angewandte Kunst), Vienna, in May 1939 (inv. no. Ke7523);
    Restituted to Heinrich Rothberger's niece, Mrs Bertha Gutmann, in 2003;
    Thence by descent

    Literature:
    E.W. Braun, Altwiener Porzellan..., in Kunst und Kunsthandwerk VII (1904), ill. p. 222;
    W. Mrazek/W. Neuwirth, Wiener Porzellan 1718-1864 (n.d. - 1970), no. 333;
    C. Gschiel/U. Nimeth/L. Weidinger (eds.), Schneidern und Sammeln. Die Wiener Famile Rothberger, Schriftenreihe der Kommission für Provenienzforschung, vol. 2 (2010), pp. 108-112 (illustrated)

    Exhibited:
    Vienna 1904, Ausstellung von Alt-Wiener Porzellan, K.K. Oesterr. Museum für Kunst und Industrie, no. 659

    This is the only recorded example of this model. A different large model of an elephant was produced about ten years earlier by the Du Paquier manufactory of which only two examples are known: one forms part of an elaborate silver-mounted centrepiece probably given in 1740 to the Russian Empress Anna Ivanova and now in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (M. Chilton/C. Lehner-Jobst, Fired by Passion (2009), cat. no. 148); and the second, unpainted example is in the Sullivan Collection (Chilton/Lehner-Jobst, cat. no. 149).
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An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
An extremely rare Vienna model of an elephant, circa 1750
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