Jade elephant pair found in Dorset house ‘could sell for millions’
A pair of small jade elephants that have sat in a house in Dorset for nearly 60 years look set to sell for millions of pounds.
The pieces are just 19cm (7.5in) long and 16.5cm (6.5in) high but sat on either side of the throne of Emperor Qianlong, an 18th century Chinese leader.
They were bought in 1953 by Mary Marten OBE, a goddaughter of the Queen Mother, for her home, Crichel House.
The statues are being sold following her death in January.
They are rare because they bear the Qianlong stamp, said John Axford of Wiltshire auctioneers Woolley and Wallis, which will sell them on May 19.
A similar jade water buffalo sold for £3.4 million last year.
*Qianlong ruled from 1736 to 1795, a period of China’s history famous for its arts.