Elephant Potpourri Vase and Cover

About 1745–48
Made by Strasbourg Manufactory (France, working 1720-1781)

Object Place: Strasbourg, France


Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Naturally modeled elephant decorated in grand feu colors, with green saddle cloth edged in yellow and manganese, his ears, eyes, trunk, and feet enriched in manganese, the shaped oval cover formed as a turret with pierced windows among simulated brickwork, the marbled top with blue trellis border, the grasswork base reserved with turquoise leaves.


Hoffman-Frey Collection, Zurich. November 24, 1992, anonymous sale ("An Important Swiss Private Collection"), Sotheby & Co., Zurich, lot 138, to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger