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

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]
10 février 2019

A strand of rhinoceros horn Tibetan rosary beads, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2725. A strand of rhinoceros horn Tibetan rosary beads, Qing dynasty, 19th century; 120 cm., 47 in. Estimate 90,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot Sold 800,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's 2011 consisting of 108 circular beads plus an extra bead at the end of the string tied to a malachite fitting, the strand divided into sections by two short leather strings attached, each strung with ten silver beads, one terminating with a silver vajra and the other with a bell, the... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2019

An extremely rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 2525. An extremely rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century; 6 3/8 in. (16.3 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 600,000. Price realised HKD 560,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Finely carved supported on three tall curved feet, the hind foot curving backwards towards the rim to form a long handle carved in the form of a fierce dragon head, the narrow base flaring widely towards the everted rim bordered on both sides by a band of keyfret, encircled around the mid-section by... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2019

A rare and exceptionally carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, by Bao Tiancheng, 17th century

Lot 2644. A rare and exceptionally carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, by Bao Tiancheng, 17th century; 16.5 cm., 6 1/2 in. Estimate 12,000,000 — 15,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 14,100,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010.  of gently flaring form, intricately carved in various levels of relief around the exterior, depicting a lady and child standing at the door of a retreat conversing with two scholars, beneath a pine tree and wutong, with a further scholar and attendant standing with a... [Lire la suite]