21 avril 2017

Three Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cups, 17th Century sold at iGavel Auctions

Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Landscape Libation Cup, 17th Century. Estimate $30,000-40,000. Lot sold $ 33,750. Photo iGavel Auctions. width: approximately 18 cm; height: approximately 15 cm; depth: approximately 10 cm; Weight approximately 535 grams; with restoration using a composite material in an approximate 2 1/4 by 1 inch section of at base and in an approximate 3/8 inch section of pine branch to upper portion of handle, with signs of dryness and associated cracks and... [Lire la suite]

18 avril 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'auspicious birds' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 310. A rhinoceros horn 'auspicious birds' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 15.5 (6 1/8in) long. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams. Finely carved around the exterior with pairs of cranes, phoenix, magpies, sparrows, and mandarin ducks, all amidst landscape with bamboo, prunus and pines with two gnarled pine trees forming the handle, the horn of rich caramel-brown tone. Provenance:  a Scottish private collection Note: Pairs of birds represent the auspicious wishes for... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

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

Lot 309. A rhinoceros horn 'lingzhi and bamboo' libation cup, 17th century, 14.1cm (5 1/2in). Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams. Naturalistically carved in the form of a large lingzhi fungus detailed with swirls, the exterior exquisitely carved in relief with pointed bamboo leaves issued from a robust bamboo stalk handle, intertwined with smaller lingzhi fungi issuing from slender sprigs forming the second handle, extending to the underside to form the... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

Four rhinoceros horn libation cups from the Robert Everts Collection

Robert Everts (1875-1942) Robert Everts (1875-1942), served as the Belgian Ambassadorial Envoy to Beijing from 1910 – 1916 and again 1920 – 1924. Other diplomatic posts included Mexico 1902 – 1906, Germany and finally as the Ambassador to Spain, 1932 – 1938, before he retired to Brussels. The following four rhinoceros horn libation cups were acquired by Everts during his diplomatic postings to Beijing. Lot 305. A rhinoceros horn 'peach and chilong' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 12.5cm (4 3/4in)... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

A very rare rhinoceros horn saucer-dish, 17th-18th century

Lot 304. A very rare rhinoceros horn saucer-dish, 17th-18th century, 13.4cm (5 1/4in) diam. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Photo: Bonhams. The warm red-toned horn smoothly rising on a short slightly recessed foot to a gently flaring lipped rim. Provenance:  A related rhinoceros horn saucer-dish is illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.114, no.114. Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century

Lot 303. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century, 13cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Photo: Bonhams. Finely carved to the exterior with a band of trefoil diaper ground beneath a key-fret border on the rim, the handle formed by inverted volutes and a stylised mythical beast climbing up one side and biting the rim. Provenance:  A related archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup is illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China,... [Lire la suite]

18 avril 2017

A rare archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, gu, 17th-18th century

Lot 302. A rare archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, gu, 17th-18th century, 7.4cm (2 7/8in) high. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 (€3,600 - 5,900). Photo: Bonhams. The dark chocolate-toned horn carved with a stylised chilong biting the rim of the cup, the writhing body forming the handle, the cup carved as an archaistic bronze vessel with a taotie mask band, the upper register with a band of incised upturned plantain leaves interspersed with C-scrolls. Provenance:  An important European... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 301. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century, 16cm (6 1/4in) long. Estimate £20,000 - 30,000 (€24,000 - 36,000). Photo: Bonhams. Boldly carved in high relief around the body with two powerful and dynamic chilong, another three chilong forming the handle, the largest biting the lip and confronting a smaller chilong drawing back in the interior, the exterior with a band of stylised dragons on a leiwen ground, key-fret borders around the... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'lotus stem' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 300. A rhinoceros horn 'lotus stem' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 15.1cm (6in) long. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams. The richly-grained and honey-toned horn deftly carved in the form of a lotus leaf, the handle formed as a cluster of lotus stems issuing further lotus blossoms and leaves around the exterior of the cup. Provenance:  An important European private collection Note: Compare with a related rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, 17th century, illustrated... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'peach' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 299. A rhinoceros horn 'peach' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 13cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate £6,000 - 10,000 (€7,100 - 12,000). Photo: Bonhams. Naturalistically carved as a hollowed fruit borne on gnarled twigs issuing three smaller fruits and two broad leaves curling around the exterior and one further leaf to form the base, the horn of lustrous dark-caramel tone. Provenance:  An important European private collection Note: Compare with a related rhinoceros horn libation cup shaped as a... [Lire la suite]