Plate with elephant and rider

Chinese for export
about 1760


10 1/8 in (25.7 cm) diameter

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Porcelain with overglaze and white-on-white (bianco sopra bianco) enamels

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)



Made for the Indian market. The well of the plate depicts an elephant driver (mahout) dressed in pink riding an elephant while brandishing a riding crop. In front and behind are rocky outcroppings with flowering plants. Scalloped edge.


Before about 1976, The Art Exchange (gallery), New York. About 2014, sold by Polly Latham (dealer), Boston, MA, to Gretchen E. Viall (d. 2016), Providence, RI; by inheritance to her son, William A. Viall III, Providence, RI; 2016, gift of William Viall to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. William A. Viall III in memory of Gretchen E. Viall