Judging and Auction 28 June 2018 | Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Judging and Auction on Thursday, 28 June 2018 at Royal Hospital Chelsea Presented by Elephant Family Joint Royal Presidents: Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall
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About Elephant Family
About Concours d’éléphant
Inspired by Travels to my Elephant
About Royal Enfield
About the Hindustan Ambassador
The Auction Lots
The Silent Lots
About the Elephants in London
Running Order 6pm Reception and viewing 8pm Call for dinner 9pm Auction
COVER Interior of the Sabyasachi Ambassador see page 37
Welcome Dear Honoured Guests, On behalf of Elephant Family, we are delighted to welcome you to our first ever Concours d’éléphant. As many of you will know, a ‘concours d’élégance’ is a beauty parade for cars, with wonderful examples held every year at glamorous locations like Pebble Beach, Lake Como and Goodwood. For many years, our late founder Mark Shand organised a particularly exotic concours in India, filled with the cars of the Maharajas. We wanted to combine Mark’s twin passions elegant automobiles and endangered elephants – and hence Concours d’éléphant. We have gathered together an eccentric and gorgeously decorated fleet of Indian vehicles. These include the impossibly evocative ‘Ambassador’ cars that once graced India’s roads; powerful, seductive (and brand new) Royal Enfield motorcycles; a couple of irresistible tuk-tuks (better known as ‘autorickshaws’ in India); and not forgetting a solitary, three-wheeled, Gujarati ‘chagda’. All of the vehicles will be vying for concours prizes from our judging team, graciously led by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. And, most importantly, all of them are for sale – to be offered at auction by Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman.
Added to this, in our silent auction we have a stunning selection of more vehicles and adventure-themed auction prizes, including luxury holidays and high-fashion clothing. All of the proceeds from Concours d’éléphant will go towards the conservation of Asia’s rapidly dwindling elephant population. Today there are 500,000 African elephants in the wild – but there are less than 50,000 Asian elephants. Their forest homes are under pressure from human populations. They are being electrocuted, poisoned, poached and run down by speeding trains. Every year four hundred people are killed by wild elephants in India alone. But let’s not dwell on these distressing realities. Our first Concours d’éléphant coincides with Mark Shand’s birthday - and we want to celebrate. Please join all of us at Elephant Family in making this event an elephantine success.
Ruth Ganesh & Paddy Mark Trustees, Elephant Family
Credit: Sreedhar Vijayakrishna
About Elephant Family Elephant Family exists to protect the magnificent Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. The charity currently partners with Asia’s most ambitious and determined conservationists in six countries. Together we are reconnecting forest fragments, preventing human-elephant conflict and fighting wildlife crime. Since 2002, we have funded over 160 conservation projects and invested over £10m with funds raised via our large scale creative events including Elephant Parade London, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, Travels to my Elephant and The Animal Ball. 100% of net profits from the sale of the Concours d’éléphant fleet will be invested in Asian elephant conservation efforts.
Elephant Family’s Joint Royal President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall launching the concours on 21 June in ‘Prakriti’ by Manish Malhotra
The Judges Head judge: HRH Prince Michael of Kent Lady Marina Windsor Alexandra Chong & Jack Brockway Amanda Staveley & Mehrdad Ghodoussi Amit Patel Annabel Elliot Ayesha Shand Bipin Desai David & Jayne Alexander David Myers Fardad Ghodoussi Henry Wyndham Jan Mol Jodie Kidd Lars and Rags Jacobsson Lord Harry Dalmeny Maharaja of Jodhpur Mark Crowther Mark Stewart Nicholas Coleridge Nicola & Garreth Wood Paddy Mark Paul Beamish Ramani Ganesh Rania Abboud Rohan and Lili Masson-Taylor Ruth Ganesh Sabine Getty Saloni Lodha Sid and Natasha Lal Simon King Tarang Arora Victoria & Damian Aspinall Vikram Goyal Waris Ahluwalia Wol Balston Zac Goldsmith …and others
About Concours d’éléphant Evolving from the intrepid adventures of Elephant Family’s Travels to my Elephant events, Concours d’éléphant brings together a cavalcade of customized, designer inspired, quintessentially Indian vehicles; 9 Ambassador cars, 8 Royal Enfield motorbikes, 2 tuk tuks and a Gujarati chagda. It is a fleet designed to continue the race against the extinction of the Asian elephant that Elephant Family begun fifteen years ago. A play on the traditional concours d’élégance, our Concours d’éléphant beauty parade has been lovingly reimagined inside and out by top artists, designers and fashion houses including House of Hackney, Boyarde, Dan Baldwin, Belstaff, Philip Colbert and Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and the iconic Jaipur jeweller Amrapali. A colourful crowd of car enthusiasts, art collectors and fashionistas is already vying for ownership.
The event is dedicated to the founding spirit of the late and great Mark Shand. It was his dream to drive awareness for the plight of the Asian elephant. He not only succeeded in putting these magnificent creatures on the map when the world’s attention was on their African cousins; he also created whole new audiences for conservation. Whether it was through his writing, his speaking, or simply through a willingness to use his unforgettable charisma for the good of elephant conservation, Mark had a quality which ran through all that he did. Wild elephants need compelling ambassadors, tireless advocates and aggressive fighters. Mark was all of these and he is missed as much by the magnificent animals he dedicated himself to as by his family and friends. Concours d’éléphant continues Marks extraordinary legacy by bringing this charismatic fleet to London to drive home the urgent need to protect Asia’s elephants before it is too late.
The Racers 2015 Participants Aaron Simpson Adam Haggiag Ajay Chawla Alan O’Sullivan Alexandra Chong Amanda Louise Staveley Andrea Gaie Scouller Andrew & Maggie Draycott Attesh Patel Ayesha Shand Ben Elliot Bipin Desai Caroline Tisdall Cathleen Ihasz Charlie Forbes Christopher Evans Damian Hoare Darren Baggett David & Jayne Alexander Divyesh Mittal Dominic Spencer-Churchill Emma McCarthy Fardad Ghodoussi Flora Brudenell-Bruce Goetz Von Bueren Harry Dalmeny Henry Brett Henry Brudenell-Bruce Henry Smith Jack Brockway Joann McPike John Evans Jonathan & Jemma Hewlett Kathryn McCarthy Kevin Burke Lars & Ragnhild Jacobsson Laura Lopes
Louis Steven Luke & Alice Irwin Mark & Anne Stewart Mark Crowther Mary Powys Nic Imrie & Shane Clifford Nic Robinson Nicki & Rekha Von Bueren Nicola Ihasz Paddy Mark Pandora Cooper-Key Paul Drummond Pilar & Michael Boxford Pontine Cecilie Paus Poonam & Puneet Gupta Reg Stewart Richard Pattle Robert & Karen Yerburgh Rocco Gardener Roland Gardner Ruth Ganesh (nee Powys) Serena Cook Shamik Desai Simon & Yasmin Le Bon Simon Turner & Holly Bellingham-Turner Sneha Rateria Stephen McHugh Tom Parker Bowles Waris Ahluwalia Zara Porter-Hill 2017 Participants Adam Haggiag Adam Nagel Alan O’Sullivan Alejandra De La Puente Alexandra Agoston
Alice Cooper Alisha Sachdev Armaan Gujral Ben Elliot Brandon Hollihan Chris Colls Clare Cottingham Conor Osborne David & Jayne Alexander David White Davina Harbord Desiree Bollier Dominic Harvey Dominic Scriven Fardad Ghodoussi Flora Cooper Maddocks Fiona James Freddie Mark Garreth & Nicola Wood George Butler Giancarlo Canavesio Henry Brett Hosh Ibrahim Ipek Irgit Jack Brunell James Aquilina James Goldsmith Jamie Poulton Jayne Hufschmid Jelena Panza Jon & Suzanne Wilcox Jonathan & Jemma Hewlett Jon Wilcox Joshua Jackson Julia Haart Kevin Rowe Lee Flanagan Luca Innamorato
Maeve Judge Marguerite Nougue-Sans Mark Crowther Mary Powys Mashael Al-Rushaid Meghan McCarthy Mehrdad Ghodoussi Michael Kovacs Mike Spits Miriam Hendler Nic Imrie Nic Robinson Nieta Bruto da Costa Nigel Miller Pallon Mistry Petroc Sesti Plamen & Gergana Tashkov Poonam & Puneet Gupta Ram Sundaram & Preethi Krishna Rania Abboud Richard Pattle Robert & Karen Yerburgh Robert Brotherton Rory Conwell Rosanagh Robertson Ruth Ganesh (nee Powys) Simone Haggiag Sophie Hughes Tanya Mistry Thomas Assheton Tim Flynn Timothy Stacy Tony O’Shea Tracy Worcester Waris Ahluwalia Zac Goldsmith Zara Porter-Hill
Travels to my Elephant Inspiration behind Concours d’éléphant Bringing together the heady mix of India, adventure and a passion to drive change and awareness for the Asian elephant, Concours d’éléphant is inspired by Elephant Family’s successful Travels to my Elephant events that saw over 150 intrepid adventures travel hundred of miles and raise over £3 million. Our awesome supporters travelled boldly, in iconic Indian vehicles, across deserts and plains, through cities and rural villages, inspiring all they met and, in turn, being inspired by the country that is home to the largest remaining population of Asian elephants. It is from that exhilarating spirit of adventure that Concours d’éléphant was born.
Our aim was to create a fleet of iconic, quintessentially Indian vehicles, customised by some of the best artists and designers from the sub-continent and the UK to continue the epic crusade to raise awareness and funds for Asia’s endangered elephants. The fleet, accompanied by 30 elephant parade sculptures, comes to London from India with love. Classic Royal Enfields, iconic Hindustan Ambassadors, tuk-tuks and a chagda, have been beautifully transformed into objects of desire, fuelled by our passion to save Asian elephants. We would like to thank everyone who joined the Travels to my Elephant adventures; it is your pioneering spirit that inspires us tonight.
This stunning emerald and ruby necklace and earring set forms part of the sparkling Amrapali lot on page 44
Amrapali Jaipur Elephant Family is hugely grateful for the support of Amrapali Jaipur. Celebrated as one of the greatest Indian jewellers of our time, Amrapali embodies the vibrancy that is synonymous with the country. The House’s story begins in the early 1970’s, when school friends Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera embarked on a journey to fulfil their fascination with antique silver, jewellery and art. A thirst to learn more meant that what began as a small expedition across Rajasthan, soon grew into an extensive trip across India. Starting with just Rs400 in their pockets, the pair were determined to explore the wealth of history their country has to offer. They travelled far, from historic cities to rural villages, each offering their own unique take on craftsmanship and design. Along the way they would collect antique silver – from hair pieces to horse carriages – so much so, that they now hold the largest collection in the world. This love of antiquities remains central to Amrapali with the House opening a museum in Jaipur dedicated to protecting Mr Arora and Mr Ajmera’s treasures. Featuring antiquities from all corners of India; from the southern tip Tamil Nadu, to Amrapali’s home – Rajasthan. Upon returning they began to create their own jewellery inspired by what they had discovered. 1978 marked the launch of jewellery house Amrapali, based in Jaipur, the coloured gemstone capital of the world. They were armed with an abundance of stones and boundless inspiration. Fast forward to present day and Amrapali’s charm,
unique aesthetic and honest love of jewellery has allowed them to succeed not only in their native India but across the world. They remain a family run House, keeping true to the founding values – beautiful design, unparalleled craftsmanship and unique stones. Amrapali rely on their skilled artistry, seamlessly adopting modern techniques in their centralised Jaipur workshop while still working with traditional craftsman in remote villages. In 2002 they opened a boutique on Beauchamp Place, London followed by a home in Harrods Fine Jewellery room – the first Indian House to be in the world famous store. London fell in love with the charming, unique nature of Amrapali jewels, leading to their entry in to Harrods, Selfridges, Dover Street Market, and Net-A-Porter. Amrapali is the only Indian jewellery designer to present their collection in Fashion Weeks of Milan and New York and have worked closely with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. As a vital part of the UK-India Year of Culture, the founders of Amrapali were also invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace to mark the official start of the year long association in February, 2017. Amrapali Jewels also showcased ‘Holi,’ their exclusive life-size replica of a baby elephant at the official preview of the Elephant Parade India in New Delhi which was attended by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
About Royal Enfield Armed with a potent fuel-injected 500cc engine and clothed in a disarmingly appealing post-war styling, tweaked to unique perfection by the awesome artists from Concours d’éléphant, this could be the most coveted Royal Enfield in history. For those who want it all – power, fuel efficiency, reliability and simple, yet drop dead gorgeous classic styling – this bike turns heads not because it wants to, but because it can’t help itself. The view is simply better when you are astride a Royal Enfield Classic 500 – whether moving or still. Nothing more to be said.
About the Hindustan Ambassador Mark Shand maintained that ‘all Indian adventures begin on the back seat of an Ambassador’. This quintessentially Indian car, with a strong British heritage (directly based on the Morris Oxford Series III model), the Ambassador was fondly known as the ‘king of Indian roads’. Manufactured since 1958 at Hindustan Motors’ plant at Uttarpara in West Bengal, the Ambassador was the only car made in India until the arrival of the (altogether inferior) Premier Padmini in 1964. The Ambassador was comfortable and rugged, a status symbol for Indian industrialists and film stars – and, invariably painted white, the only car deemed suitable for generations of Indian politicians. In the 1980s and 90s, the arrival of manufacturers such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda heralded the end of the once ubiquitous Ambassador. Today these delightful throwbacks are increasingly hard to find on India’s teeming roads – and we are therefore delighted to be offering such a magnificent selection in our Concours d’éléphant fleet. Already sought after by savvy collectors, the Ambassador is sure to become a desirable classic of the future.
Tonight’s Raffle Design your own Ambassador Seek out a member of Team Elephant on the night to buy a raffle ticket and you might just be the lucky winner who gets to create the wheels of your dreams…
Lot Index LIVE LOTS 1
The Belstaff Bike / Belstaff..................................................................................23
Majestic Beast, Roam Free / Dan Baldwin.........................................................25
Prakriti / Manish Malhotra ............................................................................... 27
Varun Bahl / Varun Bahl ............................................................................. 29
Wild Thing / Boyarde................................................................................... 31
The Lobster Bike / Philip Colbert.................................................................. 33
Flight / Gaurav Gupta ................................................................................. 35
Sundari, the Beautiful / Sabyasachi ............................................................. 37
Kandula / Krazy Horse ................................................................................ 39
Dance of the Peacock / Rohit Bal ................................................................. 41
Florika on Fleet / House of Hackney ............................................................. 43
Chandrika / Amrapali Jaipur ....................................................................... 45
Spirit of Adventure / Rebecca Campbell........................................................ 47
Holi Saloni / Saloni and Luke Edward Hall.................................................... 49
Marwar Matang / HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur & Marwar ............... 51
ONLINE LOTS – Available on iPads 1
Anita Dongre / Lekhraj Singh for Anita Dongre ............................................. 53
Pink my Ride / Anushka Khanna.................................................................. 55
Samantha Buckley tuk tuk.......................................................................... 57
The Paintbox tuk tuk.................................................................................. 57
The Belstaff Bike
Lot 1 Designed by Belstaff 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
This bike brings together the iconic Belstaff and Royal Enfield brands in a classically powerful and effortlessly goodlooking machine that shouts style, daring and adventure. Belstaff
For close to a century, Belstaff has been making clothes for men and women who want more from life, those who push the limits. With a heritage of technical innovation rooted in the north of England, the company started life by kitting out some of the most daring people on earth. Belstaff’s iconic jackets graced the backs of everyone from aviator Amy Johnson to adventurer TE Lawrence and revolutionary Che Guevara. Belstaff continues to kit out some of the world’s most questing individuals.
Inspiration comes from Belstaff’s rich archive, bringing together graphic racing stripes from their Archive moto jackets along with a luxurious waxed leather seat. 1924 is painted on the fuel tank, marking the birth of the Belstaff brand, with the powerful Phoenix logo completing this instantly desirable classic.
Majestic Beast, Roam Free
The power and poise of the Royal Enfield is complemented by Dan’s design, resonant with ‘positivity, good luck, magic and manifestations’. Striking colours and strong symbolism combine to create an irresistibly eye-catching bike.
Designed by Dan Baldwin
Dan Baldwin is a British artist who bridges the gap between abstract and figurative painting to create a landscape that simultaneously reflects reality, the power of the imagination and the private, inner workings of his mind. Working by instinct, Dan’s style unique aesthetic changes dramatically, depending on the subject matter he’s exploring and the emotions he’s channeling.
Inspiration comes from Dan’s use of powerful symbols of life, love, magic and mortality. Based on his painting ‘the white rabbit’, he re-contextualizes these symbols, making them relevant for modern audiences with edgy brushstrokes and strong colours.
2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
The first of our magnificent Ambassadors, this is a desirable ‘Grand’ model, and a fine example of the famous ‘King of Indian Roads’. Beautifully infused with luck, strength and good fortune by one of India’s leading couturiers, the design was inspired by Mughal art and a jade-green colour palette.
Designed by Manish Malhotra 2005 Hindustan Ambassador Grand 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Manish Malhotra is a couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, social media influencer and revivalist. His prolific career spans 27 years and has seen him redefine fashion for an entire generation of Indians. From his work with Hindi cinema’s influential leading-ladies, to launching his label in 2005, Manish Malhotra tells design stories in a language redolent of elegance, ultra-femininity and unapologetic glamour.
The starting point for this Ambassador was the green of the jade Feng Shui elephant, symbol of luck, strength and good fortune. Manish wanted to combine that with a vibrant, joyous, floral pattern, rendered in a style that mimics Meenakari (Mughal art) craftsmanship.
There are three reasons that Hindustan’s iconic Ambassador ruled India’s roads for over fifty years: stamina, comfort and durability. Varun Bahl has transformed this ‘Grand’ model with Art Nouveau-influenced organic forms, swooping, swirling lines and eccentric geometry.
Designed by Varun Bahl 2006 Hindustan Ambassador Grand 1.8L, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Varun Bahl graduated from the Delhi’s prestigious Fashion Technology Institute and launched his eponymous label in 2001. His work marries the beautiful heritage of Indian handcrafted embroideries with a modern colour sensibility, light fabrics and delicate designs. Varun has been dubbed the ‘couturier of flowers’. His collections, both couture and ready-to-wear, often celebrate floral motifs, via embroideries, weaves, and prints.
The design is inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, a spectacular artistic flowering that ushered in the 20th century. Varun’s intricate curvilinear patterns of sinuous asymmetrical lines, with floral and plant inspired motifs, allow organic forms and patterns to flow from one object to another.
Is it possible to improve on Royal Enfield’s Classic 500? This wildly exciting design from one of the UK’s most acclaimed young artists brings a pop of exhilarating colour to an already polished design, lifting it to another level of extraordinary.
Designed by Boyarde Messenger
Boyarde is an internationally acclaimed British artist, remowned for hand painting unusual ‘canvases’ including murals, the female body and luxury fashion accessories. As an artist, she brings ideas to life by reinterpreting familiar images from popular culture. Boyarde’s Pop Art style combines realism with comic. Her strong yet elegant black lines make the work “pop” from any surface.
“I love everything to do with the jungle and colour. I wanted my bike to really POP and, most importantly, to make you smile. I think my Wild Thing design is an appropriate theme for the elephants in their forest homes, but also captures my signature style.”
2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
If Salvador Dali had ever travelled across India, this unforgettable motorcycle would surely have been his chosen steed. Philip Colbert’s lobster alter ego is all over this bike. It’s pop surrealism on two wheels, with irrepressible Royal Enfield quality and style.
Designed by Philip Colbert 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
Philip Colbert lives and works in London and is known for his multi-disciplinary approach, creating a “World of Art” working across sculpture, painting, clothing and performance to create a unique contemporary voice. Described by Andre Leon Talley as “the Godson of Andy Warhol”. Colbert has exhibited in Fairs, Museum’s and Galleries worldwide, such as: the Van Gogh Museum, the Design Exchange in Canada, and in the recent World Goes POP show at TATE Modern, and The Saatchi Gallery.
Inspiration comes from Philip’s alter ego, a Lobster which appears in lots of his work. “I love artworks that also have a function, and hybrid between an artwork and function, I love art vehicles, the way they communicate and interact with everyday life, and bring artistic energy to the streets. Art for all.”
A car for film stars, Maharajas and India’s ruling élite, this elegant Ambassador Classic is infused with the Gaurav Gupta brand. The hummingbird is at the heart of its stunning design, representing flight, fantasy, freedom and the endlessness of the sky.
Designed by Gaurav Gupta 2003 Hindustan Ambassador Classic 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Gaurav Gupta is known for suffusing the Indian bridal wardrobe with edgy styles. Famous for the sari-gown, he takes red-carpet silhouettes and adds an avant-garde spin. A Central Saint Martin’s graduate, his eponymous label is famed as a progressive couturier. His stores too are an extension of inspirations, furthering his widely admired ‘future primitive’ design tag.
The iconic print inspired by the “Flight” collection of SS 2010 has become synonymous with Gaurav Gupta. It represents flight, fantasy, freedom and the endlessness of the sky. This fairy-tale Ambassador has been transformed into a magical flying car, ready to take you on an other-worldly adventure.
Sundari, the Beautiful
While many see the Ambassador as a curvaceous Indian icon from a purer, less complicated world, for Bengali fashion superstar Sabyasachi this particular car is ‘a happy old lady’, cheerful in Sundarbans-inspired yellow hues.
Designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Sabyasachi Mukherjee graduated from the Delhi fashion institute with three major awards. He soon started his eponymous label, building a luxury brand with a strong social perspective. His creations are hugely sought after in India - and increasingly attracting the attention of fashion cognoscenti all over the world.
Taking his cue from the thought of Ambassadors as happy, old ladies Sabyasachi has created a cheerful, yellow car with upholstery also inspired by the flora of the Sundarbans and his memories of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. Cutwork Benarasi curtains and a cornucopia of ethnic cushions came together to create an eclectic representation of everything he associates this car with: memories of childhood, an old-world charm and an inexplicable feeling of happiness.
2006 Hindustan Ambassador Classic 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Based on the Classic 500, this flat track beast comes from the custom workshops of Krazy Horse. Named after a legendary war elephant, this meticulously modified bike brings new strength and power to the Enfield ride.
Designed by Krazy Horse
Krazy Horse has grown massively since it was started by Paul Beamish in 1996. Thousands of customers enjoy the complete Krazy Horse customized experience. For ‘Kandula’, work on the Classic 500 included: removal of air box, tool box and excess brackets; frame and wiring adjustments; and new air filter, exhaust, seat subframe, ‘flat track’ custom-covered rail seat, side covers and knobbly tyres.
Inspiration evolved from wanting to produce a ‘flat track’ style motorcycle - not normally something done with Royal Enfields – in line with Krazy Horse technology. Like Kandula, the legendary Sri Lankan war elephant, it’s an aggressive-looking beast with classic lines.
2018 Modified Royal Enfield Classic 500, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
Dance of the Peacock
The Hindustan Ambassador has all but disappeared from India’s roads. For many savvy collectors, an Ambassador like this ‘Grand’ model is a classic of the future, newly enrobed in Rohit Bal’s exquisite peacock-inspired design.
Designed by Rohit Bal
Rohit Bal is concerned with design as an art form, drawing on history, fantasy and folklore. With his work always in demand by discerning international aficionados, Rohit’s collections are intelligent and innovative. He combines diverse influences, from village crafts and traditional design, to transient elements from India’s vibrant cityscapes.
The peacock, in all his resplendent glory, dances to the rhythm of the rumbling clouds, bringing in the rain. Each drop celebrates the changing of the seasons. As he spreads his monumental tail, calling to his mate, the air fills with poetic romance. He dances for love and beauty.
2004 Hindustan Ambassador Grand 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Florika on Fleet
Just looking at a Royal Enfield conjures up visions of untamed adventure. Dark, mysterious and exotically floral with a twist of the reptilian, Florika on Fleet transforms the Classic 500 with a modern take on the ancient fabrics of the Silk Road.
Designed by House of Hackney
House of Hackney
House of Hackney is a luxury British interiors, lifestyle and fashion brand founded in 2010 by husband and wife duo Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Balancing heritage with modernity, the pair set out to shake up the interiors world through a celebration of bold prints and exquisite colour. Mixing iconic design with mindful production, House of Hackney is proud to work with the UK’s best manufacturers in each of their fields to deliver unparalleled quality.
Inspiration is drawn from House of Hackney’s Florika print, a painterly, paisleymeets-floral pattern inspired by ancient fabrics from the Silk Road through Uzbekistan. The onyx colourway captures a dark and mysterious mood which feels fitting for a biker. The same print is used for the leather seat and the handlebars are trimmed with tassels for a luxe finish.
2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
Lot 12 Designed by Amrapali 2007 Hindustan Ambassador Classic 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
The Hindustan Ambassador always evokes dreamlike road trips and exotic landscapes, but this Classic model ramps up the mystique. Richly decorated in tribute to Jaipur’s art and architecture, this car has a stunning additional enticement: a divine ruby and emerald necklace and earrings, hidden in the trunk. Amrapali
Akanksha Arora is innovative, dynamic and a visionary. CEO at Tribe Amrapali, she has helped to create verticals at Amrapali Jewels and Tribe Amrapali’s web and retail stores. Akanksha also drives innovation and design, ensuring the brand retains its heritage ethos while creating contemporary designs.
Inspiration is drawn from Amrapali’s iconic “Chandrika” collection. The source of inspiration is the city of Jaipur, the frescoes at the palaces, the art and architecture of different monuments – while showcasing traditional Rajasthani art techniques. The concept is modern, contemporary and colorful.
See full image of the jewellery set on page 12
Spirit of Adventure
This Classic 500 is directly inspired by Elephant Family’s epic Travels to my Elephant road trip. Bewitched and bedazzled by the colour and culture of India, Rebecca Campbell’s Spirit of Adventure recalls the hypnotic thud of the Enfield engine and the unfolding drama of an Indian journey.
Designed by Rebecca Campbell 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
Rebecca Campbell is an artist living and working in London. Her paintings have been described as delightful, enigmatic and highly imaginative, underpinned by a quirky sense of humour. Rebecca’s distinctive narrative style is influenced by an Irish country childhood, extensive travelling and a love of Mughal miniatures, with their rich earth colours and bold designs. She shows with Jonathan Cooper in London, as well as internationally. Rebecca is an Ambassador for Elephant Family.
Rebecca is enchanted by India, having fallen in love with the beauty and the richness of the land and culture. Her design for ‘Spirit of Adventure’ celebrates an Elephant Family road trip across Rajasthan. She was part of a fleet of adventurers, on Royal Enfields and other more eccentric vehicles, exploring the mystical beauty of the Thar desert.
Lot 15 Designed by Saloni & Luke Edward Hall 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500. single cylinder, 4-stroke, 499cc, 5 speed, fuel injection, gas shocks, halogen lights, dual channel ABS
The mechanical perfection of this Classic 500 is further enhanced with vibrant Rajasthani design. These motifs are inspired by block printed fabrics found in a drawing room at Udaipur’s Raas Devigarh Palace, often used for springtime Holi celebrations. They breathe India into the heart of this classic Enfield. Saloni and Luke Edward Hall
Over the past decade, Saloni has built a fashion brand synonymous with her nomadic lifestyle. Her collections are imbued with playfulness, elegance and femininity. Saloni’s dresses have been eagerly sought out by fashion luminaries such as HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and Cindy Crawford. Her inspiration flows from a childhood spent surrounded by the vivid colours of her grandmother’s sarees.
Udaipur’s Holi Saloni celebrations started with a black-tie dinner, followed by a riot of early morning colour-throwing in the grounds of the Raas Devigarh Palace. The festivities concluded on the third day with a relaxed pool party. Guests wore bespoke Saloni dresses, specially designed for the event. For this Royal Enfield, Saloni has collaborated with Luke Edward Hall, whose colourful block printed fabrics and tented ceiling adorned a drawing room at the palace.
Lot 16 Created under the patronage of His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and Marwar Elephant sculpture Acrylic paint & varnish on composite base
Elephant Family’s magnificent elephant sculptures have graced the streets of many of the world’s great cities, raising awareness and funds to help save the Asian elephant. This example comes with impeccable pedigree from the Royal House of Jodhpur. HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and Marwa HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II has provided dynamic leadership in several sectors across Rajasthan. His major thrust has been in tourism, which has emerged as a powerful force in the modern state. His Highness has overseen the conversion of various Royal properties, including Umaid Bhawan, one of the great palace hotels in the world, and the Mehrangarh Fort, now an internationally acclaimed museum. He is currently on the Governing Council of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH). His Highness is also a Patron of Elephant Family.
Inspiration “Marwar Matang” is inspired by Marwari miniatures, and specifically those from the Shiv Purana Series created under the patronage of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodphur.
Online Lot 1 Designed by Lekhraj Singh for Anita Dongre 2003 Hindustan Ambassador Classic 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Anita Dongre revives ancient ‘Pichwai’ devotional painting on this exemplary Ambassador Classic. The rich and beautiful ‘Pichwai’ art form is slowly fading away in its Rajasthani homeland, but this wonderful car proudly flies the flag for a remarkable tradition. Lekhraj Singh for Anita Dongre Lekhraj Singh is Anita Dongre’s resident Pichwai artist. With his work adorning the walls of the company’s flagship stores, Lekhraj uses each new stroke and colour to conjure up stories of gods and their devotees, of nature and the wild. He learned his skill from his master Guru Phool Singhji and is now passing on Pichwai traditional techniques to his own son.
Anita Dongre For over thirty years, fashion designer Anita Dongre has been recognised for her effortless luxury aesthetic. Fascinated by balance and harmony in nature, Anita uses this Ambassador to question why humans deviate from balance, destroying wild habitats in their selfish quests. The car’s artwork shows the beauty in stability, in a perfect, natural forest.
Pink my Ride
Online Lot 2
An Ambassador Classic bursting with deep pinks, berry shades and bold reds. It’s a mobile celebration of designer Anushka Khanna’s beloved Bombay and the lush landscapes of India. Indisputably Indian, this machine has already been turning heads all over London and is surely a future classic.
Designed by Anushka Khanna 2004 Hindustan Ambassador Classic 1.8, 4-door sedan, RHD, full MOT, 1817cc (petrol), RWD, 5 speed manual
Anushka Khanna is a Mumbai-based designer with many admirers in India and abroad. Her aesthetic marries Indian heritage with a global perspective. Known for her love of colour and her use of fine and intricate embroidery, Anushka’s look is young, vibrant and fresh.
Inspiration comes from Anushka’s latest collection and Bombay’s Art Deco architecture. Revisiting strong, graphic patterns and bringing in bits of her beloved Bombay and a lush Indian palette, she’s created a spin on classic motifs and colours.
Vehicle T&Cs What happens after the sale? After the sale, the Royal Enfield motorbikes will be ready to be collected between 2-6 July where they await collection or your transportation instructions to their new home. Please bear in mind that this transportation charge will need to be borne by you. With the Hindustan Ambassador, we believe that ‘good things come to those who wait’. Please allow us between 2 – 4 weeks to work our magic and ensure that your car is completely ready to proudly take over the streets of London. Payment and charges Upon proof of payment, we will release the V5C documents for Transfer of Ownership and give you your brand new keys to your vehicle.
What happens if I want to store my bike/car for more than one week? If you choose to collect your bike later than Friday 6 July there will be a fee for storage. Your Ambassador will be receiving its final touches in Colchester, UK. Please call Elephant Family HQ to enquire. What if I want my bike/ car delivered in the UK or shipped internationally? Elephant Family will be happy to deliver your bike anywhere within the UK. These charges will need to be borne by you. Or you are more than welcome to use your own carrier. To arrange this please call Elephant Family HQ to enquire. What paperwork do I need for my bike/car to be handed over? If you collect your vehicle you will need photo ID if collecting in person, plus a letter of authority if you are sending an agent or carrier.
Elephant Family conditions of business Payment and delivery address of each purchase should be in the same country. Buyers should make their arrangements for shipping and insurance after purchase. For any queries regarding your vehicles please contact Davina Harbord or Nieta Bruto da Costa on 0207 251 5099 or by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that in particular Elephant Family does not accept any liability for damage or loss due to its negligence or otherwise, exceeding the Hammer Price of a vehicle or at its sole option, the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged or missing vehicle, reserves a lien over the vehicle for payment of storage and all other charges due to it which must be paid before shipment or collection and accepts liability for up to the Hammer Price only between the time of collection from the auction site until release of the vehicle to the owner or the owner’s agent or delivery to the owner.
The Super Elephantastic Rickshaw Designed by: Samantha Buckley, Interiors by: Holly Fulton
Online Lots 3, 4 & 5 You can bid on these fabulous machines on the iPads available.
The inspiration for the rickshaw design comes directly from the heart of India: its flora and fauna, its colour and sense of fun. Depicting the rich environment in which elephants love to live and should continue to do so. Many of the details are inspired by Indian miniature paintings, which in many cases pay special homage to that glorious creature, the elephant.
Golden Voyager The Paintbox Inspired by the collaboration of both the Indian and British flags, creating the illusion of crossing the finishing line together and winning the race to save Asian elephants, shimmering and sparkling under the Indian sun.
Chagda Travels to my elephant 2017 saw 10 Gujarati Chagdas journeying 500kms through the deserts of Rajasthan. A three-wheeled machine often used for public transport the front of this chagda is an old Royal Enfield bullet model. The engine capacity is 350cc, with a left side gear and right side rear brake. The new chagdas in India, do not run on Royal Enfield engines any more but have a modified motor which is used for water pumps.
About the Elephants Thirty stunning elephant sculptures return to the streets of London this summer as a thank you to the city that welcomed them so warmly in 2010 and helped Elephant Family raise over £4 million for Asian elephant conservation. Exquisitely decorated by some of India’s best artists, designers and creative talents these fabulous ambassadors for Asia’s elephants will be dotted throughout Mayfair and Chelsea raising awareness and looking for new homes. Aspirant elephant adopters can bid on one of these unique pieces online via the Paddle8 website until 18 July at paddle8.com/elephant-parade-london
Elephant Parade® is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. Since launching in 2007, Elephant Parade has visited dozens of cities around the world including: Hong Kong, London, Milan, Bangkok, Sao Paolo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Dana Point California, Singapore and Mumbai. In 2013, Elephant Parade did its first ever country tour, visiting 14 UK cities over 12 months. Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects. www.elephantparade.com
Elephant Parade Partner We are delighted to have Anantara as our Elephant Parade partner in London this summer. Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences. From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning hotel and properties located in Thailand, the
Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Portugal, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and South America. The brand’s premier vacation ownership programme, Anantara Vacation Club, extends the opportunity to own a share in the Anantara experience with a portfolio of 8 luxurious Club Resorts as well as travel privileges at partner resorts and hotels worldwide. For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/anantara; Twitter and Instagram: @anantara_hotels Anantara is a member of Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.
The Elephants Here’s a glimpse of the gorgeous herd – you can browse and bid on the Elephant Parade London elephants online at the Paddle8 auction site: paddle8.com/elephant-parade-london until 18 July
Abu Jani & Sandeep Kholsa
Adil Ahmad & Kanika Kapoor
Adil Ahmad, Vasundhara Raje & the prisoners of the Central Jail of Jaipur
Jodhpur Royal Family
Marie Anne Oudejans
Pichwai Tradition & Beyond
Prabhakar Pachpute & Rupali Patil
Rafaela De Ascanio
How to Buy an Elephant 30 beautiful painted elephants are currently standing sentinel across the city of London, raising awareness for their endangered wild cousins. Each of these stunning creations is available to buy until 18 July 2018. Each sculpture is 145(h) x 150(l) x 84(w) cm. some artworks gave additions. In taking one home to brighten your house, office or garden you are gaining a unique piece of art and bringing us closer to securing a safe future for Asia’s elephants. To secure the elephant you have fallen in love with visit: www.paddle8.com/ elephant-parade-london
If there is anything we can do to assist in uniting you with one of these exceptional pieces we would be delighted to help. Please get in touch on the details below. Trunks up and happy bidding! Online auction closes on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 Contact: Aimee email@example.com
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Winning bidders will be notified on 18 July 2018 when the online auction closes.
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• Buyers should make their own arrangements for shipping and insurance after purchase. • All purchased pieces will be ready for collection on: 8 August 2018 • All artworks picked up after 15 August 2018 will attract an additional storage fee plus admin charges.
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Thank you Elephant Family would like to extend an elephant‑sized thank you to everyone that has contributed to the success of Concours d’éléphant
Special Thanks A.T Autos, Alan Carpenter, Jeanette Wharfe and Bart Rogowski, Angus Unsworth, Barney Dines, Chris Tate, Chrissy, Christopher Powell, Emily Harrison, Harry Dalmeny, Hugh Anderson, Jake Pearl, Jeremy Taylor, Kingsley Print, Lynnette Gilmour, Michael Mann, Natalie Nolte, Neil Damsell, Nimesh Dadia, Oliver Wheeler, Phil Bloomfield, Rajender Kumar, Richard Potter Nick, Rory Shearer, Rupert Stanley, Russell Bock, Sam Pelly, Sam Webb, Simon Emery, Simon De Burton, Steve Meadows, Tim Dennis, Tim Stevenson, Tommy Carr, Tommy Clarke, Tommy Perkins & Wol Baston. Concours d’éléphant
The Artists Vehicle Artists Akanksha Arora for Amrapali Anita Dongre Anushka Khanna Belstaff Boyarde Gaurav Gupta House of Hackney Dan Baldwin Manish Malhotra Paul Beamish for Krazy Horse Philip Colbert Rebecca Campbell Rohit Bal Sabyasachi Mukherjee Saloni Lodha & Luke Edward‑Hall Varun Bahl Elephant Parade London 2018 Artists Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla Adil Ahmad Adil Ahmad and Kanika Kapoor Adil Ahmad, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vashundara Raje & the prisoners of the Central Jail of Jaipur Anushka Khanna 68
Atelier of Pichvai Tradition & Beyond Elephant Family Gaurav Gupta Gayatri Sekhri George Martin Good Earth His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and Marwar Jason Woodside JJ Valaya Little Shilpa Marie Anne Oudejans Marissa Bridge Michael Howells Michelle Poonawalla Payal Singhal Prakhabar Pachpute Rafaela de Ascanio Ravi Vazirani Rohit Bal Sonal Ambani Suhasini Kejriwal Tejal Gala Varun Bahl Veer Munshi
The Paintbox Elephant Family would like to give a very special thank you to Simon Emery and The Paintbox team for their exceptional contribution to Concours d’éléphant. They have worked beyond the call of duty and we and Asia’s elephants salute you! Simon Emery started The Paintbox in 1988, at the time concentrating on the ever growing VW scene that took the UK modified car scene by storm. With over 40 feature cars in one magazine alone it wasn’t long before The Paintbox's custom paint skills were being required on Hot Rods, Customs, Motorcycles and American cars.
Over the last decade The Paintbox has diversified into the restoration and recreation of famous race cars, from Gasser drag cars to historic racing Porsches and has become the “place to go” for custom paint in the UK. As it has become increasingly difficult to find paint shops that are willing to experiment with custom paint Simon and his team have found themselves painting everything from guitars to sculptures, often working with designers and artists to achieve high quality products in amazing custom finishes.
Moriarty Event Planning & Design Elephant Family would like to thank Moriarty for their support with tonight’s gala event. Moriarty Event Planning & Design organise private, corporate and charity events, as well as fabulous weddings. Whether your event is big or small they would be delighted to hear from you. ‘We believe event planning is an ART, with creativity at the heart of all that we do. Together with our specialist event knowledge, meticulous planning and a never-ending network of connections, we thrive on the seemingly unachievable and are not afraid to go that extra mile.’ Moriarty puts the ART in PARTY and represents the new generation of event planners: fresh, energised, innovative. Please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org | 0203 718 4498 | www.moriartyevents.com
We are Family Concours d’éléphant could not have happened without a vast amount of goodwill, passion and creativity. Each and every motor bike, car and elephant is evidence that all these things exist in abundance. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and is giving continued hope to the survival of Asian elephants.
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On 28 June, 2018 Elephant Family will auction a cavalcade of quintessentially India vehicles beautifully re-imagined by artists and designer...
Published on Jun 25, 2018
On 28 June, 2018 Elephant Family will auction a cavalcade of quintessentially India vehicles beautifully re-imagined by artists and designer...