A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 442Y
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup
17th/18th century
Sold for £98,500 (US$ 160,956) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup 17th/18th century
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus' libation cup
17th/18th century
The horn of rich, dark amber tone and finely carved on the exterior with two fork-tailed birds swooping in flight beside a flowering prunus branch with a twisted trunk forming the handle of the cup, the flowers and leaves reaching into the smoothly carved interior. 16cm (6¼in) long

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角雕梅花紋杯

    Provenance: an English private collection

    來源:英國私人收藏

    The present lot is particularly finely and vividly carved, in a style typically associated with early Qing scholarly pieces. Compare for example a swallow and begonia design cup, dated to the 17th century, illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, no.94, and ibid., no.120 with applied floral citrus leaf design on one side. Another related example from the collection of the Chester Beatty Library is illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.185, pl.248.

    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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