It is made from combination of cut crystal glass and gilt bronze.
The elephant figurine and the tray on which the elephant stands are made of crystal glass.
These cups are stored on both side of the elephants harness on hooks.
What an amazing piece of craftmanship.
'It is said to be probably made for the 1878 Paris Exhibition.
And reported to be unseen for decades, it resurfaced at Sotheby’s in 2015.
It is said to incorporate some newly-made Baccarat replacement crystal glass pieces.
According to Sotheby’s, ‘The body of the elephant in frosted & pearlized crystal with a harness, draped & ornamented with gilt-bronze, supporting a palanquin in the form of an Indian temple carved with the god Ganesh in low relief.'
‘The palanquin in the form of a liqueur set containing a removable stand containing four decanters in engraved & gilded crystal.'
See other glass Elephant items in the list of Archive articles dated September 2014 & April 2016