Pair Antique Plates Showing an Elephant in an Imaginary Asian Setting
This pair of antique English dishes show a fabulous bird’s eye view of an elephant in an imaginary Asian setting.
Two figures ride an Indian elephant through an exotic landscape. Along a winding road, we see large fruit trees, fenced gardens, a ziggurat, and pagodas. Made circa 1800, these octagonal are made of pearl-glazed creamware.
The pattern is printed in brown with overglaze enamel in orange, yellow, green, and blue.
The dishes are unmarked but are similar to the later Wedgwood & Co. “Processional Elephant and Howdah” pattern made in the mid-19th century. Minnie Holdaway* suggests that these dishes were the inspiration for the later Wedgwood & Co. pattern since they date to the early 19th century.
Dimensions: 9 inches diameter x 1 inch height
References: Holdaway, Minnie. The Wares of Ralph Wedgwood. English Ceramic Circle Transactions Vol. 12 Part 3. London: The Lincoln’s Inn Press Ltd, 1986.