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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Thomas Goode's Elephants

I mentioned the Aspinalls bronze elephant the other day. Nearby are two china ones in the showroom windows of Thomas Goode in South Audley Street, Mayfair, London.


These 7ft bone china elephants on display were designed by Goode and manufactured by the Minton Factory for the Great Exhibition in Paris in 1889. The cost? £6 million for the pair. Somehow I don't think they would ever really want to sell them.








One day I might photograph them from inside the shop but walking round their showrooms can be nerve wracking for a clumsy bloke like me. The thought of knocking something over when there are items priced upto £650K makes you very aware of every movement!

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2 Comments:

At 5 April 2011 at 11:04 , Anonymous Rhobags said...

Did you know these were produced by Minton for Goode's and to this day due to the close relationship between the Goode family and Minton's that all the Goode family men are given the middle name "Minton" - that's according to the General Manager at Thomas Goode.

 
At 5 April 2011 at 14:24 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Hi Rhobags,

Thank you so much for this little nugget! I knew they were by Minton but had no idea just how close and personal the link between the two firms is.

 

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