08 mars 2020

A very rare and superbly carved rhinoceros horn cup, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 1297. A very rare and superbly carved rhinoceros horn cup, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high, 350.9g. Estimate 300,000 - USD 500,000. Price realised 902,500 USD. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010 The flaring sides superbly carved with a scene inspired by Du Fu's poem 'Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup', with Lin Jin, Prince of Ruyang, accompanied by two attendants, one tending to his horse, the other balancing upon his back a pole strung with various cloth-bound accoutrements, including his... [Lire la suite]

24 janvier 2020

A magnificent rhinoceros horn 'Hawks' libation cup, signed You Kan, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 210. A magnificent rhinoceros horn 'Hawks' libation cup, signed You Kan, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Height 5 1/4 in., 13.3 cm; Length 5 1/2 in., 14 cm; Depth 3 3/8 in., 8.6 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 362,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the tall horn superbly carved in high relief as a pair of hawks by a gnarled tree with branches growing from the sides of a mountain ledge, several entwined branches forming the handle, and a few leafy twigs... [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]
23 janvier 2018

A Carved Rhinoceros Horn 'Plantain' Cup by You Kan, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Lot 3019. A Carved Rhinoceros Horn 'Plantain' Cup by You Kan, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722); 15.5 cm., 6 1/8  in. Estimate 2,800,000 — 3,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 3,520,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the highly polished amber and dark brown coloured cup superbly carved as a cup-shaped furled plantain leaf, with veining running across the interior and exterior, wrapped on the exterior in openwork with the leaf overhanging on one side and extending across the bottom of... [Lire la suite]

31 août 2012

A Magnificent Rhinoceros Horn 'Hawks' Libation Cup, signed You Kan. Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th Century

A Magnificent Rhinoceros Horn 'Hawks' Libation Cup, signed You Kan. Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th Century. Photo Sotheby's the tall horn superbly carved in high relief as a pair of hawks by a gnarled tree with branches growing from the sides of a mountain ledge, several entwined branches forming the handle, and a few leafy twigs extending over the rim, one hawk perched on a small branch that extends round the side, the other in flight with legs drawn up and wings outstretched, the feathers finely incised,... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2011

Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cups @ Sotheby's, NY

A Magnificent Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup With Hawks, Signed You Kan. Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th Century. Photo Sotheby's the tall horn superbly carved in high relief as a pair of hawks by a gnarled tree with branches growing from the sides of a mountain ledge, several entwined branches forming the handle, and a few leafy twigs extending over the rim, one hawk perched on a small branch that extends round the side, the other in flight with legs drawn up and wings outstretched, the feathers finely incised, inscribed with a... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2010

Three exceptional signed rhinoceros horn cups @ Christie's

The following three rhinoceros horn carvings bear either the signature or seal of two of the most revered artists working in this medium: You Kan (zi Zhi Sheng) and You Yutong (zi Yuyuan).You Kan is amongst the most famous rhinoceros horn carvers, with more works attributed to his hand than any other carver. He is also one of the few identifiable carvers whose name is listed in traditional sources. It is now generally accepted that You Kan is, in fact, the legendary You Xibei ('Rhinoceros Horn Cup' You), who was active during the... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2009

Coupe libatoire corne de rhinoceros You Kan (Zhi Sheng)

Coupe libatoire corne de rhinoceros You Kan (Zhi Sheng) Coupe libatoire en corne de rhinoceros sculptée en relief et détachée à l'intérieur d'une mante religieuse sur des chrysanthèmes, à l'extérieur de fleurs et boutons de fleurs dans leur feuillage. Signée d un cachet You Kan (Zhi Sheng). (manques). H . 7 cm. 14 cm. Estimation sur demande. Note: You Kan (Zhi Sheng): Probablement le célèbre sculpteur You Bei que l'empereur Kangxi fit venir à Beijing pour travailler dans les ateliers impériaux du... [Lire la suite]