A Fine Veined Marble Sculpture of an Elephant, German or Flemish

A Fine Veined Marble Sculpture of an Elephant, German or Flemish

1600 to 1700 Germany or Flemish

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A Fine Veined Marble Sculpture of an Elephant, German or Flemish
Second Half of 17th Century

Size : 14 cm high, 19 cm wide, 9 cm deep – 5½ ins high, 7½ ins wide, 3½ ins deep
Provenance : Ex Northern Irish Private collection

In 1637 Rembrandt made a drawing in black chalk of an elephant, that is now in the British Museum, London, together with two others of elephants that now reside in the Albertina, Vienna. A year later he incorporated the results of his study into the background of his etching Adam and Eve.
This marble sculpture was probably inspired by Rembrandt's drawing as the elephant is shown in a similar stance and arrangement. In 17th century northern Europe elephants were still very much a curiosity, a miracle of nature, as only a small number of travellers, traders and explorers had ever really seen one. So carvings and sculptures of exotic animals were highly desirable and eagerly collected for private 'wunderkammer'.
Dimensions
Height 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Width 19.00 cm (7.48 inches)
Depth 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Medium
Veined Marble
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