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). Sold for £26,250 (€29,317). 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. ... [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]
18 avril 2017

A rare rhinoceros horn 'lotus and fish' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 298. A rare rhinoceros horn 'lotus and fish' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 11cm (4 3/8in) long. Estimate £5,000 - 8,000 (€5,900 - 9,500). Photo: Bonhams. Expertly carved around the exterior with a continuous scene of an egret and long curving stems issuing lotus blossoms and unfurling leaves, rising out of streams of water finely pierced to resemble a basket-weave pattern, with a fish carved on the underside in shallow relief. Provenance:  An important European private collection Note: The... [Lire la suite]

18 avril 2017

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

Lot 297. A rare rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 7.6cm (3in) long. Estimate £6,000 - 10,000 (€7,100 - 12,000). Photo: Bonhams. Exquisitely carved in high relief with an unfurling lotus flower and leaf in the interior, gnarled branches issuing fruits and blossoming flowers forming the handle and bas. Provenance:  An important European private collection Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET
18 avril 2017

A very rare rhinoceros horn 'nine-chilong' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 296. A very rare rhinoceros horn 'nine-chilong' libation cup, 17th-18th century, 7.7cm (3 1/8in) long. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams. Intricately carved in high relief around the exterior with six wreathing chilong biting each other's bifurcated tails, three further chilong curled around a sphere forming the base, the horn of rich caramel-brown tone. Provenance:  An important European private collection Note: A related rhinoceros horn... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and finger-citron' libation cup, 17th century

Lot 295. A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and finger-citron' libation cup, 17th century, 9.2cm (3 7/8in) long. Estimate £5,000 - 8,000 (€5,900 - 9,500). Photo: Bonhams. The richly grained honey-toned horn naturalistically carved as a gnarled tree trunk with irregular knots, the handles formed as branches issuing leaves and finger-citrons around the exterior, the interior carved with a sinuous chilong clasping in its mouth a sprig with a finger-citron Provenance:  Hugh M.Moss Ltd. (Label)An important... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

A rare rhinoceros horn full-tip libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 294. A rare rhinoceros horn full-tip libation cup, 17th-18th century, 14.5cm (5 3/4in) long. Estimate £15,000 - 25,000 (€18,000 - 30,000). Photo: Bonhams. The smoothly-polished horn richly grained and of caramel tone turning darker at the tip, the interior carved in high relief with a sinuous chilong clambering up to the rim. Provenance:  an important European private collection Note: The master carver intentionally contrasted the seemingly simplistic yet elegant uncarved exterior... [Lire la suite]