A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 93Y
A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup
17th/18th century
Sold for £110,500 (US$ 183,353) inc. premium
Auction Details
A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot Details
A very rare rhinoceros horn 'pine' libation cup
17th/18th century
The broad-lipped glossy cup formed as a pine trunk with detailed oval knots carved in low relief, the handle shaped as a twisted pine branch issuing groups of pine needles, rising from the foot and reaching into the smooth interior, and intertwined with a slender twisting branch of flowering prunus.
16.8cm (6 5/8in) long

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角雕松樹紋杯

    Provenance: an important European private collection
    Previously on loan to two British museums from the mid 1970s until recently.

    來源:重要歐洲私人收藏
    一直由1970年代中期到最近借展於兩間英國博物館

    The present rhinoceros horn libation cup is a testament to the virtuosity of the master craftsman who succeeded in transferring the prized horn surface into a scholarly feat of nature imbued in the naturally rendered trunk and branches, the oval pine bark and delicate needles. The attention to detail is further demonstrated in the finely curved rim around the edges of the cup.

    Compare a similar 'pine' rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, pl.121.

    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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