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Summer 2024 Modern Art + Design

Sat, Jun 29, 2024 01:00PM EDT
Lot 20

Gustave Keller, Elephant-Form Bidet

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Elephant-form bidet, 1886
Carved walnut, silver, ivory, porcelain. Produced by G. Keller Paris, France. 
Underside of top with triangular silver tag "G. KELLER PARIS/MODELE DEPOSE/17-6-86/N2/22873" and hallmarks; silver liner with French hallmarks and producer's mark, as well as a paper Camard-Dimer sticker.


20" H x 13.25" W x 31" D


Very good condition. Carved wooden body with nice, rich patina with no obvious scuffs or scratches. Light, even wear throughout. Two minor seam separations near the tail, one of which has been stabilized. More minor seam separations to the face and trunk. Silver liner with light tarnish but no dents or dings. Underside of the top with an area of finish unevenness and possible restoration near the silver tag.


This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) BILLINGS recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid.

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