This tapestry depicting an elephant in an exotic landscape was woven at a carpet factory in Aubusson established by Alexis Sallandrouze, cousin of the better-known Charles-Jean Sallandrouze de Lamornaix (1808-67). The design, attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Amédée Couder (1797-1864), draws on a number of different sources. By introducing these exotic influences, the tapestry contributed to a revival of the decorative arts in France in the 1840s.
Artist: M F Husain
The extraordinary story of how the Gabonese wildlife service managed to capture the biggest ivory smuggling ring in the country’s history has been revealed by a new document.
The programme, which was shown on the central African nations’s 24-hour TV news channel, detailed how it took two years for the criminals to be captured in an investigation that had been codenamed Operation Nzok, which means elephant in the local Fang language.