Posted 3 years ago
I found these in the middle seventies, about two years apart, one at a flea market, the other at an estate sale, and did not see another until Clint Eastwood’s 1997 film of ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ was released. A pair of these appears in several scenes on a chest of drawers in John Kelso’s (played by John Cusack) Carriage House apartment.
The vases are 12” tall, made of lost wax molded composition, with a scene inset on either side. There is much decoration and a pair of elephant heads facing out on the sides. They are thick walled, heavy, and fully lined inside from the throat down. There is script in the mouth, different on each vase, thus likely added to each wax form before molding. They are signed on the bottom with two characters in a circle, the same on both, interpreted as 'Ivory Master'. Greatly appreciate any additions to this.