A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 1146Y
A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Sold for US$ 278,500 inc. premium
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A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
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A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th century
The inverted cup centered with a powerful recumbent beast, its deeply-carved eyes beneath scrolling thick brows below back-turned ears, a pup clamoring for a foothold on its back while another pup looks up from the beast's chest, both with scrolling decoration on their haunches, the overly pronounced spine of the beast arches and terminates in a swirling plume of fur, archaic style C-form scrolls accentuate the haunches; when inverted the cup sits steadily on the foot and reveals the highly polished interior with thick rim; the horn of light honey brown and of slightly lighter hue one the exterior.
4 3/8in (11.1cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Compare to a similar cup in the collection of the Harvard University Art Museum, illustrated by Thomas Folk in Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings in China (Hong Kong, 1999), p.233, fig.172.

    Provenance:
    This lot was purchased in China during the 1930's and then given as a gift to the father of the present owner. The piece was then brought to Canada in June of 1947 on the H.M.S. Acquitania with the rest of the current owner's family belongings. This lot is accompanied by CITES permit 13CA00161/CWHQ-1.
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