The twin Elephants of Thomas Goode have stood sentinel over South Audley Street since Victorian times and are an iconic Mayfair landmark.
Recently one of the two elephants was lent to the Yale Centre for British Art before returning to London’s TATE Britain Museum as the centrepiece of their 2015 ‘Sculpture Victorious’ exhibition.
Originally commissioned to stand at the entrance of Thomas Goode’s court at The Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889, the Thomas Goode Elephants were the largest commissions ever undertaken by the Minton pottery. These graceful animals stand 7ft tall, complete with ceramic howdahs and carved ebony stands, and are a tour de force of the potter’s art. Once the Exposition was over, the elephants were brought to Thomas Goode & Co. where they have been on display ever since.
The Elephants are not just the largest and most famous examples of Victorian majolica ever produced, they are undoubtedly some of the most splendid ceramic works of art created in the late nineteenth century; and will continue to have pride of place front of house at Thomas Goode & Co. The elephants have long been synonymous with the Thomas Goode brand – and with Mayfair itself – and remain a destination for tourists and academics alike year-in-year-out.
Whilst the elephants are not for sale, the Thomas Goode showrooms are just as rich in fabulously breathtaking china and porcelain as when the elephants first arrived all those years ago; and if they don’t give cause enough to visit the showrooms, Thomas Goode’s greatest ever sale might give you the perfect reason to explore what else is on display inside the store alongside say hello to the two magnificent beasts that stand either side of the entrance to welcome you.