A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 91Y
A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup
17th/18th century
Sold for £40,000 (US$ 65,363) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup 17th/18th century
A rhinoceros horn 'chilong and flowers' libation cup
17th/18th century
The horn of dark amber tone and carved with one single-horned chilong with a spray of lingzhi fungus in its mouth balancing between a magnolia bud and a lotus leaf issuing from twisting stems gripped by another chilong forming the stem of the cup, the interior plain. 11.5cm (4¼in) high

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角雕螭龍花卉紋杯

    Provenance: a German private collection

    來源:德國私人收藏

    The original form of the rhinoceros horn of the present libation cup has been well preserved and cleverly sculpted utilising the tip to create the form of a chi dragon clambering atop the leafy and fruiting spray. Compare a related rhinoceros horn libation cup, late 17th century, illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, pl.29.

    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.
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