24 janvier 2020

A large full-tip rhinoceros horn cup, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 213. A large full-tip rhinoceros horn cup, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Length 13 1/2 in., 34.3 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. Photo Sotheby's the large, deep cup carved as a mallow blossom supported on an intricate openwork tangle of wutong, prunus, magnolia and pine trees, incorporating figures of the Hehe twins and Su Wu the goat herder, the horn of a pale honey color darkening towards the tip, the wood stand pierced and carved as... [Lire la suite]

24 janvier 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 211. A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Length 6 1/8 in., 15.5 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 28,125 USD. Photo Sotheby's carved in the form of a lotus leaf, the exterior with stalks of calamus, lotus and other aquatic plants, the stems bent upwards to form the handle, all supported on a base of swirling waves, the horn a reddish-brown color. Provenance: Collection of Dr. Louis Livingston Seaman... [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]
24 janvier 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'Trees and rocks' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 205. A rhinoceros horn 'Trees and rocks' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Length 6 1/4 in., 16 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's of quadrilobed section, supported on a pedestal foot, the exterior carved with a continuous scene of ancient trees growing amid fantastic rocks, a large undercut pine tree at one end forming the handle, the horn an even dark brown color, wood stand (2).  Property from the... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel and grapevine' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 204. A rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel and grapevine' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Length 6 1/2 in., 16.5 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 31,250 USD. Photo Sotheby's carved as overlapping leaves, the exterior with flowering branches and squirrels clambering over leafy fruiting grapevines, gnarled vines forming the base, further vines borne with grapes trailing over into the interior, wood stand (2).  Provenance: Acquired in Los Angeles circa... [Lire la suite]
02 décembre 2019

Outstanding Private Collections at Lempertz

The upcoming two-day Asian art auction offers once again high-quality artworks from all corners of Asia, featuring three noteworthy German private collections: The Gerda and Gottfried Hertel Collection (lots 329 – 343) with primarily archaic Chinese bronzes, the equally exciting Gerda Sökeland Collection with important Tibetan thangkas and a second part featuring a fine selection of Tibetan and Nepalese sculptures. No less remarkable is the collection of Japanese inrô from the property of German lady ... The top lots of the... [Lire la suite]

02 décembre 2019

A finely carved rhinoceros horn “pine” libation cup, China, 17th century

Lot 206. A finely carved rhinoceros horn “pine” libation cup, China, 17th century. Height 8.5 cm. Estimate CHF 20 000 / 30 000 (€ 17 540 / 26 320). © Koller Auktionen AG The horn of warm red-brown color. Minor chips and repair. This object contains material of endangered species and is subject to certain trade restrictions. Prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import it into another country.  Koller... [Lire la suite]
02 décembre 2019

A small rhinoceros horn libation cup with archaistic decoration, China, 17th century

Lot 205. A small rhinoceros horn libation cup with archaistic decoration, China, 17th century. Height 7.3 cm. Estimate CHF 25 000 / 35 000 (€ 21 930 / 30 700). © Koller Auktionen AG Open-work carved chilong handle. Minor chips. This object contains material of endangered species and is subject to certain trade restrictions. Prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import it into another country.  Koller... [Lire la suite]
18 août 2019

Back on rhinoceros horn objects sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2008

Lot 316. A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, 17th-18th century; 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.) long. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 79,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. Well carved around the sides with a raised archaistic band of taotie masks separated and divided by notched flanges finely carved with different diaper motifs, above a band of pendent blades and below a band of key fret at the rim which is repeated inside the rim, the openwork handle formed by a... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2019

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

Lot 56. A large rhinoceros horn full-tip cup, 17th-18th century; 15 1/8 in. (38.5 cm.) long. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 40,000. Price realised GBP 79,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The long tapering horn carved in high relief and openwork with 'The Three Friends', pine, prunus and bamboo, leading up to three scholars standing on cloud scrolls and rockwork beside a deer and crane, below the cup section detailed with peach and further bamboo, the horn of a warm honey tone shading to dark brown at... [Lire la suite]