A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 304Y
A rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th century
Sold for £46,850 (US$ 78,746) inc. premium
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A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
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The Property of a Lady 女士藏品
A rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th century
The flared cup finely carved in relief with a mounted scholar followed by his attendant carrying a pole on his shoulders balancing a double gourd and a pack of books, all in a mountainous landscape strewn with pine and willow trees forming the handle as well as wutong amidst streams and gushing waterfalls, with a pagoda on the reverse. 16.4cm (6in) high across

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  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角雕山水人物圖杯

    Provenance: Jil Danon Collection (d.2012), Paris, formed mainly between the 1940s-1990s. Thence by descent.

    來源:巴黎Jil Danon收藏(卒於2012年),主要組成於二十世紀四十年代至九十年代,並由家族繼承下去。

    The United Kingdom Government has imposed an almost complete prohibition on granting a license to permit the export of worked antique rhinoceros horn from the UK to any destination outside the European Union. Please check with the department for further details.

    In the detail of its carving and the theme of scholars in a landscape, the present cup is comparable to two libation cups carved with the Eight Immortals, illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving, London, 1999, nos.273 and 274. Compare also a libation cup dated to the 17th century with a scene from Scholarly Gathering at the West Garden, illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, no. 146, and another dated to the late 17th century, ibid., no.147.
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