Elephant Ridden by Three Figures

Possibly French (Paris) (?)
second half of the 19th century
Factory Unidentified


Overall: 30.6 x 37.7 x 19.3 cm (12 1/16 x 14 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.) Other (without base): 26.1 x 243 x 10.3 cm (10 1/4 x 95 11/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain; gilt-bronze mounts

Not On View





The walking elephant carries three figures on his back. Seated on his neck is a robed female holding a censer with both hands. The cover is formed of a robed male with his arms folded across his chest sitting cross-legged on a tasseled cushion. The inner rim of the cover fits into the howdah that rests on a saddlecloth on the elephant’s back. At the rear, a robed female sitting cross-legged plays the lute. A celadon glaze covers the elephant and the figures. Gilt-bronze pendants hang in front of the elephant’s ears, and his four feet fit snugly into four shallow recesses in the gilt-bronze base. The base is composed of C-scrolls, rockwork, vegetal forms, and two applied lizardlike creates at front and back.


By 1954, Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York; November 30, 1954, sold by Rosenberg & Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection