What is it about elephants that we love so much? Is it their gentle gaze, their intelligence, their capacity for love? Many cultures see elephants as a symbol of luck, the love between a mother and child, knowledge, and protection. The principles of feng shui include several different ways to incorporate elephants into your home decor to bring good luck, love, academic success, work success, fertility, and protection. Perhaps it’s no wonder that elephants are memorialized in fine art, decorative art, folk art, and jewelry. Collecting elephant items has been a passion for many people for ages.
We recently purchased a very large, very wonderful collection of elephants from an upstate New York estate. A locked, hidden door was discovered that no one could recall ever having been opened. How many years had it been sealed shut? No one was sure. Once the door was finally opened, this find was revealed: a collection of over a hundred different types of elephant sculptures, figurines, jewelry, and decorative objects. Each piece had been carefully wrapped in 1940s-era newspaper and appeared to have never been touched after that initial wrapping.
Below is a small sample of the varied types of elephant collectibles found in this hidden space. The entire collection can be found in our online store.
Intrigued by this group? So were we!
Check out the entire collection in the Nine Caroline Antiques store.