19 octobre 2021

Two rhinoceros horn libation cups from the Diana M. Stainow Collection (1926 - 2019) at Alastair Gibson Auctions, 18 nov 2021

Lot 16. A rare Chinese rhinoceros horn 'Pine Tree' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, Late 17th-Early 18th century. Height: 6.5cm Diameter: 15cm Weight: 174g. Estimate £15,000 - £20,000. © Alastair Gibson Auctions The horn of dark molasses tone, with light amber inclusions, naturalistically carved as a camellia leaf floating on a wave-strewn base, a pierced u-shaped branch forming the handle. Note: The subject matter of the pine tree was favoured by... [Lire la suite]

16 octobre 2021

Selected Libation Cups and Works of Art from The H.G. Beasley Collection at Alastair Gibson Auctions, 18 november 2021

The Collection of H. G. Beasley (1881 – 1939) Harry Geoffrey Beasley was born on the 18th of December 1881 in East Plumstead, Kent, the son of Charles Beasley, a wealthy business man and owner of the North Kent Brewery, Plumstead. The business was a successful Victorian family enterprise, brewing its own beers and bottling imported beers such as Guinness Stout from Dublin. It held two Royal warrants: H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES and H.R.H. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH and was eventually taken over by Courage in the 1960’s. Harry, one of... [Lire la suite]
03 février 2021

A well carved rhinoceros horn wine cup with grapewine carving, 18th century

Lot 374. A well carved rhinoceros horn wine cup with grapewine carving, 18th century; L. 13,8 cm. Estimate: € 8,000 - €12,000. Result: € 30,000. Courtesy Nagel.  Provenance: Old German private collection, in the possession of the owner's family since before 1914. Fine Asian Art, Stuttgart - Part I by Nagel Auction, December 8, 2020
29 janvier 2021

An exceptional and very rare rhinoceros horn ewer with chilong and dragon handle, Ming dynasty

Lot 372. An exceptional and very rare rhinoceros horn ewer with chilong and dragon handle, Ming dynasty; H.16,7/L.18,2 cm, weight 526 gr. Estimate: € 20.000- € 30.000. Result: € 220.000. Courtesy Nagel.  Provenance: Old German private collection, due to records most likely purchased from Nagel, 1st Mannheim sale, November 26th/27th, 1924, lot 413. Cf. A ewer by Bao Tiancheng, publ. 'Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings', The Complete Collection of Treasures the Palace... [Lire la suite]
17 mai 2020

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

Lot 32. An archaistic carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 18.7cm (7 3/8in) wide. Estimate HK$ 300,000-400,000. Sold for HK$ 750,000 (€ 89,613). Photo Bonhams. Finely carved to the exterior with a band of trefoil diaper ground beneath a flattened rim encircled by key-fret borders, the handle formed by a stylistic mythical beast climbing up one side and biting on the rim, its bulging eyes framed by a pair of curved horns and furry mane issuing swirling mists, a mythical... [Lire la suite]
17 mai 2020

A carved 'chi dragon and clouds' rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century

Lot 26. A carved 'chi dragon and clouds' rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century; 22cm (8 5/8in) high. Estimate HK$400,000-600,000. Sold for HK$ 1,240,000 (€ 148,160). Photo Bonhams. Well hollowed and well preserved in its original horn shape, intricately carved on the exterior with four spirited chi dragons amid billowing clouds at the rim and lingzhi issuing from the tip, each grasping a sprig of lingzhi in its mouth. Provenance: Li Chun-hung Collection, no.CHL24. ... [Lire la suite]

08 avril 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'imitation burlwood' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3788. A rhinoceros horn 'imitation burlwood' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 12 cm., 4 3/4  in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 437,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the small tapered horn carved with an irregular rim, the exterior decorated overall with small knots and concentric rings simulating a burlwood trunk, the openwork handle formed on one side with intertwining branches, the horn of a warm reddish-brown colour, wood stand. ... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2020

An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3789. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 10.1 cm., 4 in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD. Lot Sold 562,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the rich amber-toned horn tapering towards the lipped footrim, the exterior carved with a broad floral-diapered band, set to one side with an undulating handle, all below a key-fret band bordering the inner mouthrim save for the spout, wood stand. Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3787. A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century; 15 by 16 cm., 5 7/8  by 6 1/4  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 625,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the conically shaped long-tipped horn carved in the form of a cup-shaped furled lotus leaf naturalistically detailed with veins, the exterior enveloped with large furled lotus leaves and four lotus blooms, all issuing from leaf-tied thin stalks forming the base,... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2020

A rhinoceros horn 'pine cluster' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3785. A rhinoceros horn 'pine cluster' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 15 cm., 5 7/8  in. Estimate 500,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 687,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s. the tapered horn carved in the form of a gnarled tree trunk, the exterior carved in high relief with knots and twigs issuing clusters of pine blossoms, one end of the horn set with an openwork handle formed by a gnarled branch intertwining with twigs bearing clusters of pine blossoms and... [Lire la suite]