Enrico, as he is affectionately known in-house, in honour of his creator’s Italian origins, will be entered into Anthemion’s Fine Art and Collector’s auction on the 21st of November, and is estimated to realise between £400 and £600. Enrico is lot 532, and is expected to go under the hammer around 3:30pm – 4pm.
Commissioned by Nairn Floors Ltd in 1973, only 3,000 of these elephants were commissioned, and all individually numbered. The elephant was cast from a wood-wax mould, housing a specially designed 10in x 8in box. It’s unique, narrow and highly sculptured design, needed to be strong enough to stand straight on reception tables in architect’s firms, and to be robust enough for its use as a promotional container. Most importantly though, it was intended to convey strength, intelligence, and a rugged architectural beauty, which would draw the attention.
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