25 avril 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'leaf' libation cup, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'leaf' libation cup, 18th century. Photo Bonhams. The warm, reddish-brown toned horn intricately carved as a spreading serrated-edged leaf with fine naturalistic veining on the interior, the exterior further carved with two fine smooth stems forming the handle and issuing rounded buds and further veined leaves. 14.1cm (5½in) long. Estimate £5,000 - 8,000 (€6,100 - 9,700) Provenance: an English private collection Compare a carved libation cup from the Chester Beatty Library collection illustrated by... [Lire la suite]

25 avril 2014

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, 18th century. Photo Bonhams. The horn finely carved in a simple archaistic style, with the delicately lobed exterior raised on a stepped foot, the shallow handle formed as a stylised chilong with its head and front paws grasping the rim of the cup, the interior rim with a fine key-fret border above veining in imitation of petals radiating from the well. 12.4cm (4 7/8in) long. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 (€3,600 - 6,100) Provenance: acquired by the great uncle of the present owner, who... [Lire la suite]
21 avril 2014

Four carved rhinoceros horn cup at Nagel, "Asiatische Kunst", 8.5.2014

An extremely rare imperial rhinoceros horn stemcup with plain sides and massive foot, China, Qianlong four-character seal mark and of the period. Photo Nagel Thinly carved bowl with semi-translucent sides and massive bottom resting on a conical pedestal foot. Shapes alikemay be based on Tang dynasty prototypes made of silverware and other materials. Few fine short age cracs to mouth rim,otherwise good condition. H.8,7cm/D.9,8cm. Estimate 60 000 - 100 000 €. This stemcup lacks the bow-string bands that can... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Dragon and Lotus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3021. A carved rhinoceros horn 'Dragon and Lotus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 13.5 cm., 5 3/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,180,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's brilliantly conceived as a wide flaring lotus leaf with a lobed rim, the exterior alternatively adorned with circular and bracket-lobed cartouches of diaper design, one side carved in relief and openwork with a clambering chilong forming the handle, the horn of an attractive honey brown colour subtly darkening to a deep chestnut tone at... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A rhinoceros horn 'Pine' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

A rhinoceros horn 'Pine' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's the tapered horn of reddish-brown colour lightening to a caramel tone at the flared rim, naturalistically carved to resemble a section of a tree trunk with blossoming pine twigs entwining around it and extending in openwork onto the interior to form the handle on one side, the organic bark accentuated with irregular and uneven lenticels; 14.5 cm., 5 5/8 in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong | 08 Apr... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A reticulated stem 'Lotus leaf' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3017. A reticulated stem 'Lotus leaf' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 25.5 cm., 10 1/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,720,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's the highly polished amber and black coloured conically shaped long-tipped horn carved in the form of a cup shaped furled lotus leaf, with subtle veining on the interior, wrapped on the exterior in relief with a large lotus flower and a veined leaf, together with a branch of flowering reed, all issuing from... [Lire la suite]

02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn archaistic 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 3015. A carved rhinoceros horn archaistic 'chilong' libation cup, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period  (1736-1795); 16.7 cm., 6 5/8 in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,360,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved with wide flaring sides, carved in low relief around the exterior with a frieze of taotie masks against a finely defined leiwen ground, one side further carved in openwork with a pair of clambering chilong forming the handle, the larger one with sharp claws and a bifurcated tail... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3013. A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 15.3 cm., 6 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's naturalistically carved as a prunus blossom with furled petals forming the cup and a circular stamen on the interior, the exterior detailed in high relief with branches issuing prunus buds and blossoms, all enveloping the sides and issuing from the openwork foot, the undercut handle formed on one side with two branches, one extending to the rim with two prunus blossoms resting... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

A carved rhinoceros horn 'Cranes, Pine and Bamboo' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 3012. A carved rhinoceros horn 'Cranes, Pine and Bamboo' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 11 cm., 4 3/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 812,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby's deftly carved in low relief on the exterior with a pair of confronting cranes, one standing, the other perched on a gnarled pine tree, the reverse with a third crane combing its feathers with its beak, all amongst lingzhi, leafy bamboo and pine trees in a continuous craggy landscape, the horn of a warm honey brown... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2014

An extremely rare carved rhinoceros horn 'Double Chilong' libation cup, Ming Dynasty, 15th century

Lot 3010. An extremely rare carved rhinoceros horn 'Double Chilong' libation cup, Ming Dynasty, 15th century; 10.8 cm., 4 1/4 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 750,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's 2014 carved with a long-horned three-clawed chilong rising from swirling waves enveloping a conch, the dragon's sinuous body with a bifurcated tail wrapped around the base of the cup, its head peeking over the rim confronting with a smaller chilong clambering from the other side, The base carved with a design of a... [Lire la suite]