Title of Installation:
"Two Green Elephants" (above) and "The Sacred Dragon" (below)
Ceramic TilesGeneral Description:
One tile panel illustrates two elephants
facing each other carrying baskets of
flowers; there’s a tree in the center of the
panel with two fancy birds sitting on bottom
branches and other birds on the top
branches; the other panel illustrates a Chinese dragon
facing true left. Both were designed by U.S.
painter/muralist Arthur Crisp and the designs were executed by the
American Encaustic Tiling Company. I assume he painted
the mural on the tiles before they were fired.
Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):
"The Two Elephants" panel consists of 40 tiles arranged in 4 horizontal rows of
10 tiles each; each individual tile could be 6”, 8”, 9” or 12” square.
"The Sacred Dragon" panel is approximately 8' long x 2' high and consists of
64 tiles, probably 6” faience tiles, arranged horizontally in four rows of 16 tiles.
Does Installation Still Exist?
If not, What happened?
It is not known if or where these panels were installed or what happened to them.
Additional Information, Websites, Citations:
Photos of these panels can be found in "The Architectural League of New York and Its Relations to Crafts and Manufactures" by H. Van Buren Magonigle (The American Architect, Volume 121, No. 2387, Feb. 15, 1922, pp. 166-167) and in the Year Book
of the Architectural League of New York..., Vol. 37, 1922. Both panels were part of the annual exhibition of the Architectural League of New York.
Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"collector.org) in September 2010.