Arthur Court Figural Elephant Wine Holder in Aluminium and Brass

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A fantastic design by San Francisco's Arthur Court. The massive elephant has a hinged head, which folds back to expose the hollow cavity inside, suitable for ice and a wine or champagne bottle. The tusks, front and rear hooves are brass, and the eyes are red jasper stones. The elephant is stamped Arthur Court on the underside. The figure is in very fine original condition.


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  • Dimensions
    22.5 in. H x 11 in. W x 14 in. D
    57 cm H x 28 cm W x 36 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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About Arthur Court (Designer)

The work of Arthur Court is a constant delight to his fans. The San Francisco based designer created a wide range of sophisticated yet cheerful furnishings and bijoux based on natural forms that included flowers, cacti, antlers and animals.

     Court’s designs drew on his rich and diverse experiences. He grew up in Minnesota, and his childhood rambles in the woods made him a lifelong naturalist. Navy service in the Pacific during World War II exposed Court to Asian cultures, and later in life Court was fond of taking African safaris. Upon his return from the war, Court moved to San Francisco and opened an interior design business — attracting such high-profile Hollywood clients as Shirley Temple Black and the Andrews Sisters. In 1966, he opened a store that offered smaller furniture pieces, tabletop wares and decorative sculptures. These included glass-topped tables with bases shaped like lilies or palm trees; whimsical monkey candlesticks and ice buckets in the form of rabbits and whales; or cast-aluminum tortoise shell-shaped lamps.

     As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Arthur Court appealed to anyone with a sense of joie de vivre. Take a look: it’s serious fun!

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2005

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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