09 décembre 2015

An unusual snuff bottle made of rhinoceros horn decorated and set within a metal mount, China, late Qing dynasty

Lot 524. Former collection of Prince Alexander of Thurn und Taxis, An unusual snuff bottle made of rhinoceros horn decorated and set within a metal mount, China, late Qing dynasty. Estimate 3000/5000 €. Lot sold 3.600 € © 2015 Nagel Auctions Fine metal mounting with relief of insects and flowers, on both shoulders a lion mask with ring handles. Foot decorated with Chinese character - H. 11 cm - Good condition Property of Prince Viktor of Thurn und Taxis,inherited from his father Prince Willy of... [Lire la suite]
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09 décembre 2015

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

Lot 350. A rhinoceros horn libation cup, China, 17th-18th century. Estimate 30000/50000 €. Unsold © 2015 Nagel Auctions of open flower form, the exterior carved with a continuous scene of grapes suspending from branches amidst leafs, all supported on a gnarled vine branch encircling the foot and extending to the rim to form the handle - L. 15 cm - Few small chips, some polished Provenance: European priavte collection, collected in Europe in the 1980's by repute - Few small chips, some polished ... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2015

A large caramel-colored carved rhinoceros libation cup on a carved wood stand, China, 19th century

Lot 329. A large caramel-colored carved rhinoceros libation cup on a carved wood stand, China, 19th century. Estimate 15000/20000 €. Lot sold 18.000 € © 2015 Nagel Auctions L.51/H.66cm - Few restored breaks.  Property from an old Stuttgart private collection. Rhinoceros horn carvings of this type were made during the late Qing period - almost certainly in Canton - with the importation of the very large horns of the African white rhinoceros into China. It is the species which had produced the longest... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2015

A fine and rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, China, 17th century

Lot 327. A fine and rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, China, 17th century. Estimate 50000/70000 €. Unsold © 2015 Nagel Auctions on carved wood stand. The inside of the cup carved as a grape vine leaf, the exterior with a continuous scene of grape vine branches demonstrating bunches of grapes amidst leafs, all supported on a gnarled vine branch encircling the foot and extending to the rim forming the handle - L. 17,7 cm - Minor wear, very slightly chipped Provenance: Former old English private collection... [Lire la suite]
09 décembre 2015

A rhinoceros horn libation cup, Nepal, 17th century

Lot 187. A rhinoceros horn libation cup, Nepal, 17th century. Estimate 15000/20000 €. Unsold © 2015 Nagel Auctions the yoni-shaped libation cup carved to the inside in shallow relief with the four-armed Vishnu standing on a lotus base and a nimbus behind, the outside carved with probably his ten incarnations, all standing on a lotus base and a nimbus behind - L. 10,7 cm - Slightly chipped Provenance: Former old German private collection, bought from Hermann Historica in Munich Nagel. "Asian Art",... [Lire la suite]
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25 novembre 2015

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKD (28,326 - 33,991 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. carved in the form of an archaic ewer yi, rising from a recessed base to a flared rim narrowing to a channelled spout, decorated around the exterior with a band of floral diapers, a chilong clambering to one side resting its head and claws on the edge, its bifid mane extending on each side forming the handle, the rim finely detailed... [Lire la suite]


25 novembre 2015

An inscribed rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

An inscribed rhinoceros horn 'lotus' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 HKD (9,064 - 13,596 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. worked in the form of a furled leaf with grape vines on the exterior, the interior incised with an inscription - 11 cm., 4 1/4  in. Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 déc. 2015, 02:00 PM
25 novembre 2015

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 160,000 — 200,000 HKD (18,128 - 22,660 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the central section resting on a slightly flared foot with a galleried rim incised with a key-frey border repeated at the inner and outer mouthrims above, carved in low relief around the middle section with a border enclosing pair of archaistic kui dragons interrupted by a taotie mask, all against a leiwen ground... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, 17th century

An archaistic rhinoceros horn 'chilong' libation cup, 17th century. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD (16,995 - 22,660 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. of conical form, rising to a rim furled forming a spout, the body finely carved in low relief with a register of stylised taotie masks on a leiwen ground, set with two openwork handles modelled as a pair of chilongrendered with elongated bodies climbing up and peering over the interior of the vessel, the base with a two-character... [Lire la suite]
25 novembre 2015

An impressive carved rhinoceros horn 'figural landscape' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century

An impressive carved rhinoceros horn 'figural landscape' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th century. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD (56,651 - 79,312 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. well carved around the exterior with a continuous landscape depicting a fisherman and attendant angling from a barge on a stream, the reverse with a man holding a basket, all set in a dramatic landscape below overhanging cliffs issuing verdant trees, two intricately carved pines extending in openwork on one side forming... [Lire la suite]