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Sale IT209 Lot 2285

WEDGWOOD QUEENSWARE, POSSIBLY ROYAL COMMEMORATIVE ELEPHANT AND MAHOUT JAR AND SILVERPLATED COVER date code BLG for 1878, impressed uppercase mark, N and M, the cover stamped 2, recorded as model number F777, the biscuit jar modeled as a Mahout riding a bejeweled Indian elephant, trimmed in brown enamel and enriched in gilt, the saddle blanket molded with an elephant and howdah, silverplated rim and cover, h: 7 1/2 x l: 9 1/2 in.

Provenance: Charlotte & David Zeitlin Collection, No. CR394 (label).
Skinner, Boston, 9 September 2006, sale 2357, lot 291
Jeffrey Milkins Collection, no. 463.

Catalogue Note:
This piece commemorates the Royal visit to India by the Prince of Wales (later to be King Edward VII). Aimed at strengthening the ties between the two countries, Albert Edward Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, first embarked on a tour of Indian in 1875-76 visiting more than 21 towns and cities on the subcontinent. See the Royal Collection Trust, for an image of His Royal Highness standing before a kneeling elephant with attendants and mahout. To find this image and details about the tour, reference 'His Royal Highness and Elephant: Prince of Wales Tour of India 1875-6' (vol.6), accession no. RCIN 2701993. Additional images of the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King George V and Queen Mary) 1905 visit to India can be reviewed at the same site, accession no. RCIN 2302495.

Exhibitions: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Washington, D.C., catalogue of the exhibit, ‘Wedgwood 250 Years of Innovation and Artistry’, 2 October 2009 - 27 February 2010, p. 83, pl. 5.02.

Literature: Robin Reilly, 'Wedgwood', Vol. II, pl. C18.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Sold for $3,250.00

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