25 juin 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. The dark brown body elegantly carved as an opened blossom, the exterior with delicate branches of flowering camellias, and prunus, the stems twisting to form a small handle and foot, with a hard wood stand. 5 1/2in (14cm) long. Sold for US$ 40,000 (€29,372) Item has been in the United States since 1972. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, San Francisco, 24 Jun 2014 -http://www.bonhams.com/
25 juin 2014

An elegantly carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

An elegantly carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. Of flaring rounded conical profile, carved as a section of a pine tree, the exterior walls realistically detailed with knots and whorls of bark rendered with irregular roundels, the rim slightly canted and decorated with openwork branches, the undercut handle formed by sturdy branches extending across the exterior of the vessel, the horn of a warm honey tone graduating to a darker shade; with a matching reticulated wood stand. 6 1/4in (15.8cm) wide.... [Lire la suite]

25 juin 2014

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century. Photo Bonhams. The honey-colored horn designed as a mallow flower, its exterior carved in high relief with branches of leafy magnolias, with a split-tailed chilong under the pouring mouth-rim opposing another undercut chilong with wind-blown mane serving as the handle. 5in (12.7cm) long. Sold for US$ 11,875 (€8,720) Item has been in the United States since 1963. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, San Francisco, 24 Jun 2014 -http://www.bonhams.com/
25 juin 2014

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

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo Bonhams. The exterior sides of the flattened conical section of horn undercut and carved in raised relief to depict wizened scholar officials and/or immortals and their boy attendants amid a continuous rocky riverside tableau of waterfalls and crashing waves, the interior well of the cup unusually further incised and undercut to depict gnarled pine boughs, waterfalls, and cranes; the horn displaying a patina of variegated russet and chocolate hue. 4 3/4in (12cm) high. Sold... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2014

A rare archaistic rhinoceros horn incised libation cup, 17th century

A rare archaistic rhinoceros horn incised libation cup, 17th century. Photo: Bonhams. Of elegantly carved tapered form with canted corners at the rim, the handle formed by four sinuous chi dragons, decorated on the exterior with a wide band of archaistic taotie masks on a geometric ground, interrupted by two further chi dragons in high relief, between narrow key-fret borders at the rim and foot, the horn of a rich and dark brown tone, incised two-character yuan xi inscription on the interior. 16.8cm wide. Sold for HK$ 1,060,000... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2014

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

A rhinoceros horn 'begonia' libation cup, 17th-18th century. Photo: Bonhams. The brown-hued horn carved in the form of a curled leaf, detailed with incised veins, the exterior with a pierced stem issuing buds, blossoms and further leaves with one forming the foot. 11.5cm wide. Sold for HK$ 400,000 (€37,915) Provenance: Henry V. Morton collectionThence by direct descent to the present owner Notes: Henry Canova Vollam Morton (1892-1979), Fellow of Royal Society of Literature (FRSL), better known as H.V. Morton, was a renowned... [Lire la suite]


24 mai 2014

A small rhinoceros horn 'Tree Trunk' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A small rhinoceros horn 'Tree Trunk' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's the exterior carved with an irregular knotty surface resembling a tree trunk, the interior with smooth yet well defined ridges, the chocolate-brown horn lightening to a warm caramel tone towards the rim, wood stand; 8.4 cm., 3 1/4 in. Estimation 200,000 — 300,000 HKD Sotheby's. Playthings From The Collection of Edward T. Chow Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Collections Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gor - Asian Lacquer.... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Rock and Lingzhi' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Rock and Lingzhi' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically modelled as a floral blossom forming the cup with a circular stamen on the interior, the exterior finely carved in varying levels of relief with branches issuing leaves and four large lingzhi, the undercut handle formed on one side with a large furled leaf and a gnarled branch, the horn of a chocolate brown tone lightening to a warm honey-brown colour towards the rim, wood stand; 16.3 cm., 6 3/8 in. Estimation... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2014

A rare circular rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rare circular rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's of circular section, elegantly carved with flared sides rising from a hollow splayed foot, decorated around the exterior with a band enclosing low-relief prunus buds and blossoms gently floating on rippling waters, the openwork handle formed from a gnarled branch bearing prunus buds and blossoms stemming from the inner rim and extending across the cup below, the interior rim picked out with a 'classic' scroll in low relief, the... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Hollyhock and Crab Apple' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Hollyhock and Crab Apple' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved as a large furled serrate leaf forming the cup with veins running on the interior, the exterior detailed in varying levels of relief with branches issuing leaves and floral buds and blossoms, all enveloping the sides and stemming from the openwork foot, the undercut handle formed on one side from a branch issuing three floral buds and a leaf resting on the outer rim of the cup, the horn of a dark brown... [Lire la suite]


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