The Eames Elephant is a legendary sculpture designed in 1945 but never produced for general distribution and sale. In 2007, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Eames, two limited editions of the Eames Plywood Elephant were introduced, 1000 in red and 1000 in natural maple. The red elephants were an immediate sell-out.
Two prototypes were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Of the two known prototypes, today only one remains in the Eames Family Archives.
These works, gay and whimsical as they may appear, are not toys nor are they tables to set a drink or a snack upon -- the back of the animal slopes so things will not balance upon it. Although the Elephant was designed as a playful object for children, riding on the elephant's back is most definitely not encouraged.
Designated 704/1000 on a small metal plate attached to the underside of the sculpture