25 novembre 2015

A rare carved rhinoceros horn ‘Makara’ libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

A rare carved rhinoceros horn ‘Makara’ libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 800,000 — 1,000,000 HKD (90,642 - 113,302 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the flaring cup of irregular form carved on the exterior with a continuous scene depicting two makara with elongated scaly bodies soaring through the tempestuous waves, the tail of another makara depicted emerging from the choppy waves, the interior similarly decorated in high relief with a makara detailed with a swiftly moving posture... [Lire la suite]

25 novembre 2015

A carved rhinoceros horn 'lingzhi and chilong' libation cup, 17th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'lingzhi and chilong' libation cup, 17th century. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD (16,995 - 22,660 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. carved in high relief and openwork with two frolicking chilong, with two reticulated handles, one finely picked out as a section of bamboo issuing a thin secondary branch, the other modelled as stem bearing clusters of large lingzhi, with one sprouting on the interior of the mouth, the hollow of the vessel skilfully rendered with... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Rose hip' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Rose hip' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Estimate 200,000 — 400,000 HKD (22,660 - 45,321 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. carved in the form of a veined leaf attached to a gnarled stalk forming the openwork handle and issuing clusters of rose hip berries surrounding the flared body of the vessel, the horn patinated to a rich amber brown colour - 17 cm., 6 5/8  in. Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 déc. 2015, 02:00 PM
25 novembre 2015

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKD (28,326 - 33,991 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. carved in the form of an archaic ewer yi, rising from a recessed base to a flared rim narrowing to a channelled spout, decorated around the exterior with a band of floral diapers, a chilong clambering to one side resting its head and claws on the edge, its bifid mane extending on each side forming the handle, the rim finely detailed... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

An inscribed rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

An inscribed rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 HKD (9,064 - 13,596 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. worked in the form of a furled leaf with grape vines on the exterior, the interior incised with an inscription - 11 cm., 4 1/4  in. Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 déc. 2015, 02:00 PM
25 novembre 2015

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 160,000 — 200,000 HKD (18,128 - 22,660 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the central section resting on a slightly flared foot with a galleried rim incised with a key-frey border repeated at the inner and outer mouthrims above, carved in low relief around the middle section with a border enclosing pair of archaistic kui dragons interrupted by a taotie mask, all against a leiwen ground... [Lire la suite]

25 novembre 2015

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, 17th century

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, 17th century. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD (16,995 - 22,660 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. of conical form, rising to a rim furled forming a spout, the body finely carved in low relief with a register of stylised taotie masks on a leiwen ground, set with two openwork handles modelled as a pair of chilongrendered with elongated bodies climbing up and peering over the interior of the vessel, the base with a two-character... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

An impressive carved rhinoceros horn 'figural landscape' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century

An impressive carved rhinoceros horn 'figural landscape' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD (56,651 - 79,312 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. well carved around the exterior with a continuous landscape depicting a fisherman and attendant angling from a barge on a stream, the reverse with a man holding a basket, all set in a dramatic landscape below overhanging cliffs issuing verdant trees, two intricately carved pines extending in openwork on one side forming... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

A carved jull-tip rhinoceros horn ‘double gourd’ libation cup, 17th century

A carved jull-tip rhinoceros horn ‘double gourd’ libation cup, 17th century. Estimate 240,000 — 280,000 HKD (27,193 - 31,725 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the full length of the horn carved and pierced from the tip to the rim with gnarled branches and leafy long meandering stems bearing floral buds and double gourds, the cup modelled in the form of a five-petalled flower with a stamen on the interior, the horn of a warm honey-brown colour transmuting to a dark brown near the tip, wood stand... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

A rhinoceros horn ‘figure’ libation cup, 17th century

A rhinoceros horn ‘figure’ libation cup, 17th century. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD (22,660 - 33,991 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the exterior carved with a continuous scene depicting groups of scholars engaging in various leisurely activities and being attended by acolytes in a rocky landscape detailed with jagged cliffs and arboured with tall overhanging pine trees, including a group of three scholars attentively looking at a scroll and a scholar depicted sitting astride a horse and being fanned... [Lire la suite]