02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Dragon and Lotus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Dragon and Lotus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's brilliantly conceived as a wide flaring lotus leaf with a lobed rim, the exterior alternatively adorned with circular and bracket-lobed cartouches of diaper design, one side carved in relief and openwork with a clambering chilong forming the handle, the horn of an attractive honey brown colour subtly darkening to a deep chestnut tone at the base, wood stand; 13.5 cm., 5 3/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD Provenance: An American private... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Pine' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Pine' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's the tapered horn of reddish-brown colour lightening to a caramel tone at the flared rim, naturalistically carved to resemble a section of a tree trunk with blossoming pine twigs entwining around it and extending in openwork onto the interior to form the handle on one side, the organic bark accentuated with irregular and uneven lenticels; 14.5 cm., 5 5/8 in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong | 08 Apr... [Lire la suite]

02 avril 2014

A reticulated stem 'Lotus leaf' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

A reticulated stem 'Lotus leaf' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's the highly polished amber and black coloured conically shaped long-tipped horn carved in the form of a cup shaped furled lotus leaf, with subtle veining on the interior, wrapped on the exterior in relief with a large lotus flower and a veined leaf, together with a branch of flowering reed, all issuing from ribbon-tied long thin stalks, wooden stand; 25.5 cm., 10 1/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD Note: The carver... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn archaistic 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A carved rhinoceros horn archaistic 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved with wide flaring sides, carved in low relief around the exterior with a frieze of taotie masks against a finely defined leiwen ground, one side further carved in openwork with a pair of clambering chilong forming the handle, the larger one with sharp claws and a bifurcated tail peeking over the key-fret decorated rim, the horn of a warm chocolate brown tone, wood and metal stand; 16.7 cm., 6 5/8 in.... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved as a prunus blossom with furled petals forming the cup and a circular stamen on the interior, the exterior detailed in high relief with branches issuing prunus buds and blossoms, all enveloping the sides and issuing from the openwork foot, the undercut handle formed on one side with two branches, one extending to the rim with two prunus blossoms resting on the interior, the horn of a warm caramel colour darkening towards the... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Cranes, Pine dnd Bamboo' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Cranes, Pine dnd Bamboo' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved in low relief on the exterior with a pair of confronting cranes, one standing, the other perched on a gnarled pine tree, the reverse with a third crane combing its feathers with its beak, all amongst lingzhi, leafy bamboo and pine trees in a continuous craggy landscape, the horn of a warm honey brown tone; 11 cm., 4 3/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD Provenance: Sotheby's Amsterdam, 22nd October... [Lire la suite]


02 avril 2014

An extremely rare carved rhinoceros horn 'Double Chilong' libation cup, Ming Dynasty, 15th century

An extremely rare carved rhinoceros horn 'Double Chilong' libation cup, Ming Dynasty, 15th century. Photo Sotheby's carved with a long-horned three-clawed chilong rising from swirling waves enveloping a conch, the dragon's sinuous body with a bifurcated tail wrapped around the base of the cup, its head peeking over the rim confronting with a smaller chilong clambering from the other side, The base carved with a design of a raging torrent rendered through narrow carved bands swirling out concentrically, the horn of a deep chestnut... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Eight Immortals' cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Eight Immortals' cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Photo Sotheby's the exterior deftly carved in openwork and high relief with eight Daoist immortals in loose-fitting robes, some accompanied by their attendants, ascending a craggy mountain with a balustraded pavilion among a variety of leafy trees in a continuous landscape, two of them greeting Shoulao, the God of Longevity seated on a flying crane followed by two further attendents, all beneath scrolling clouds extending to the interior, further carved... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2014

A rare rhinoceros horn figure of Guanyin, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th century

A rare rhinoceros horn figure of Guanyin, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th century. Photo Sotheby's well carved as a seated Guanyin with loose robes elegantly draped over her corpulent body revealing her chest with a headdress and her long locks of hair sitting neatly atop her head, beneath her revealing a network of tessellated wutong leaves, her head tilting slightly downwards with her eyes closed contemplatively, holding tasselled Buddhist prayer beads with her left hand below her bangle-adorned wrist, her right elbow resting... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2014

A finely carved rhinoceros horn figure of Budai, 17th century

A finely carved rhinoceros horn figure of Budai, 17th century. Photo Sotheby's well carved as a seated Budai, the laughing Buddha wearing loose robes draped over his corpulent body, his chest and large stomach bare, his right hand resting on his upturned leg, the other hidden beneath the long sleeves, his head bald with a round and broad smiling face, the horn of rich caramel brown colour with golden undertones, inset with a black lacquered wooden base; height 6.6 cm., 2 5/8 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD Provenance:... [Lire la suite]


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