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Elephant; symbol for Ichabod T. Williams & Sons

Object Number: 
c. 1890
Teak, ivory, metal, rope, burlap
Overall: 25 x 56 x 16 1/2 in. ( 63.5 x 142.2 x 41.9 cm )
Carved teak elephant on rectangular platform; elephant pulls teak log with chains and carries on its back a rider in native costume. Platform has ogee molding carved with arches, stylized leaves, and a stippled background.
Gallery Label: 
This mammoth elephant hauling a teak log was made as a symbol of the cabinet wood importing firm Ichabod T. Williams & Sons, founded in 1838 by cabinetmaker Thomas Williams (1800-1862). By the late 19th century, the firm had become the leading importer of cabinet woods in the world. The elephant, supposedly carved by an unknown artist in Burma, the source for all of the firm's teak imports, was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Thereafter it was displayed in the lobby of the firm's Manhattan offices at 220 11th Avenue. Ichabod T. Williams & Sons was liquidated in 1973.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel D. Williams
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group