- Museum number
Ice-pail, one of a pair (glacière à gorge à têtes d'éléphants); hard-paste porcelain; ovoid body with out-turned neck, formed in a mould and attached to the trumpet-shaped support which rests on a square plinth, both also moulded, by means of a fitment; the elephant's heads are separately applied; each pail has a lid with conical knop resting on a flange inside the neck; vase is entirely gilt except for a narrow area left white to frame a rectangular panel on each side, painted with a scene of the Tuileries and Ecouen; neck and lower part of the vases decorated with a burnished palmette and leaf motif respectively; elephant trunks and ears are burnished with a striped pattern; maker's mark.
- Production date
Height: 34.20 centimetres
Width: 28.90 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Pair with 1985,1203.1
Bibliography: Nisbet et al 1988 col.ill, p.14.
For curator's comments see entry for 1985,1203.1
- On display (G47/dc5)
- Trunks and tusks restored; crack running through the Tuileries scene.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented to the Emperor Francis II of Austria by Napoleon I, 1812; Purchased at Sotheby's, 22 November 1983, Lot 12 (unsold); from a German aristocratic collection, said to have been in the same family in Riga from about 1830.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number