18 mars 2019

A rare yellow soapstone seal, Qing dynasty-Republic period

Lot 555. A rare yellow soapstone seal, Qing dynasty-Republic period; 1 3/4in (4.5cm) high. Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000. Sold for US$ 37,575 (€ 33,108) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2019 The square sectioned seal body surmounted by horned mythical beast with powerful claws and bushy tail, seated with its head turned to one side, the seal face carved in intaglio with four characters reading jingrong zhuhe, flanked by two dragons contesting a flaming pearl carved in relief, the stone of a rich... [Lire la suite]

18 mars 2019

A rare soapstone 'duck' water coupe, 17th-18th century

Lot 582. A rare soapstone 'duck' water coupe, 17th-18th century; 4in (10cm) long. Estimate: US$2,500 - US$4,000. Sold for US$ 81,325 (€ 71,658) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2019 Carved in the form of a mandarin duck with a leaf-shaped sail feather rising behind the overlapping feathers of the lower wing and the curling feathers across its breast, a leafy water weed tendril grasped in its mouth, the hollowed interior covered by a stopper finished with a finial of curling flower petals, the pale straw... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 380. A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century; 6 5/8 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the heavy and large truncated tapering horn carved with pines, paulownia and flowering trees scattered across mountain cliffs and high rocks, unusually empty of people and pavilions recalling a desolate mountain retreat, with a flowing stream depicted by unusual shallow-incised detached wavelets, the... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A 'four-dragon' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Lot 369. A 'four-dragon' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722); 5 in., 12.7 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely carved with flaring barbed foliate sides rising from a tall conforming foot forming a shallow cup, carved on the exterior in low relief with a central band of scrolling lotus, the handle formed by four high-relief intertwining qilong, two peeking their heads over the rim of the cup to... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2019

A fine and rare rhinoceros horn stemcup, late Ming-early Qing, 16th-18th Century

Lot 385. A fine and rare rhinoceros horn stemcup, late Ming-early Qing, 16th-18th Century; 4 in., 10 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the horn progressing from a slightly mottled dark chocolate and honey tone to an outstanding golden russet hue, finely shaped and tapered to walls of superb translucency, the small goblet of flared U-shape, slightly thicker at the rounded bottom of the well but tapering finely to the crisp rim, the horn-hairs... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2019

A magnificent Imperial rhinoceros horn 'nine dragon' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

Lot377. A magnificent Imperial rhinoceros horn 'nine dragon' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 7 3/8 in., 18.6 cm. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the very large horn displaying a superb polish and generous proportions, the dark amber-brown material lightening towards the rim to a glossy honey-russet tone, carved in an outstanding fashion with a flared quatrefoil-section libation cup tapering evenly towards a slightly... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2019

A spectacular 'ying xiong' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 370. A spectacular 'ying xiong' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century; 6 3/4 in., 17.2 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 240,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. possibly derived from Han and Tang period gilt-bronze 'parrot' or 'hawk' cups, the truncated tapering horn carved with a gigantic powerful eagle perched on the back of a mythical leonine bear to form the rebus yingxiong (representing heroic virtue), the... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A fine and rare rhinoceros horn 'four horses' libation cup, signed by You Kan (active 1660 - 1720), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

Lot 374. A fine and rare rhinoceros horn 'Four horses' libation cup, signed by You Kan (active 1660 - 1720), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 5 7/8 in., 14.9 cm. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD. Lot sold 540,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the horn of outstanding golden honey tone transmuting to darker brown in places, carved in virtuoso fashion with two plump grooms leading four noble horses through a vivid landscape of large boulders, swaying willows and the torrents of a... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

An outstanding and rare rhinoceros horn 'chickens' libation cup, signed by You Kan, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 373. An outstanding and rare rhinoceros horn 'Chickens' libation cup, signed by You Kan (active 1660 - 1720), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 5 1/2 in., 14 cm. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD. Lot sold 540,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the composition clearly inspired by Chenghua 'chicken' cups in doucai porcelain, the horn of deep golden russet tone and of tapered truncated form, carved in masterly fashion with a cockerel standing proudly over his brood... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

An exceptional inscribed rhinoceros horn 'drunken poet' libation cup signed by You Kan, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

Lot 376. An exceptional inscribed rhinoceros horn 'Drunken poet' libation cup, signed by You Kan (active 1660 - 1720), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 5 5/8 in., 14.2 cm. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD. Lot sold 540,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the horn of golden honey tone, with rather widely splayed mouth tapering sharply to the truncated base, superbly carved with a young boy attendant bearing a tall ewer of wine before his chest towards a seated bearded scholar or... [Lire la suite]