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Posted 2 years ago


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Does anybody have any history on this vase with elephant head handles on both sides. It is approximately twelve inches tall and sits on a signed stand. Once I was told by a dealer that it was made out of walrus tooth not a composite of sorts. I purchased it in western New York in 2003. I am trying to find out any history on this vase.It is truly lovely to look at.

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  1. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi petals, I posted a pair of these a year ago. If I'm counting correctly, yours is now the tenth vase of record. You can go here for a summary:

    I still have been unable to identify the mark, but am convinced it's Italian.
    Best wishes, Jim
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Nahh, I don't think they're Italian. That little stand is Chinese, and the elephant is a very common Chinese motif. I was thinking ivory when I first saw the thumbnail photo, but it looks like molded resin.

    JWendell, I just took a look at yours, you think those marks are Italian?... Did you upload the wrong photos or something? They're very clearly oriental characters
  3. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi Stillwater, nice to hear from somebody on this, I think the poster has left town. I’ve been trying for some time to determine the origin of these vases. I posted the mark on Asian Arts Forums a while back, 1500+ lookers, no response. There are several regulars who read Chinese and I feel I would have gotten help if these were legitimate Chinese marks. So, I think an apocryphal mark here. If you click on my user name, then ‘See All 43’, and go back 9 months you will find 5 figures imported by Action Enterprises, made in Italy, and so labeled. Go back a year ago and find the three Star Gods, marked on the base in Chinese ‘Great Ming’ also from Italy, I have a large nicely molded resin Ming style chess set, each piece on a double lotus base, and labeled ‘Made in Italy. The point of all this is that Italy has produced very authentic looking oriental molded art. However, it doesn’t prove anything and as I said, I’m just guessing, I would very much like to know for sure who made these vases and where. Regards, Jim

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