A rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th Century (acquired from Spink 9.9.90)
Lot 220*Y
A fine small rhinoceros horn libation cup 18th century
£30,000 - 40,000
US$ 51,000 - 68,000
Auction Details
A rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th Century (acquired from Spink 9.9.90) A rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th Century (acquired from Spink 9.9.90) A rare rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th Century (acquired from Spink 9.9.90)
Lot Details
The Property of a Gentleman
A fine small rhinoceros horn libation cup
18th century
Of irregular oval cross-section, the exterior carved with a continuous wide band of shallow-relief flower head cell patterns, the handle as a single deeply-hollowed chilong dragon biting the rim.
12cm (4¾in) wide

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 犀角雕螭柄杯

    Provenance: a British private collection

    The United Kingdom Government has recently 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.

    Compare a very similar rhinoceros horn libation cup, decorated with an earth diaper, from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; and another of lobed form with two chilong handles, also similarly carved with the earth diaper, illustrated by J.Chapman in The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.149, pls.174 and 175.
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