A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 445Y
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup
17th/18th century
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 32,000 - 49,000

Lot Details
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup 17th/18th century
The Property of a European Family 歐洲家族藏品
A rhinoceros horn 'prunus and chilong' libation cup
17th/18th century
The reddish brown horn naturalistically carved as a knotted prunus trunk, the smoothly hollowed interior with a delicate chilong clambering up to entwine itself amongst the thorny blossoming prunus branches forming the handle of the cup, wood stand. 15.5cm (6 1/8in) long (2).

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角雕梅花螭龍紋杯

    Provenance: a European private collection and thence by descent

    來源:歐洲私人收藏,並由家族繼承

    The prunus was a popular subject for rhinoceros horn carving, offering the craftsman the opportunity to contrast the rounded gnarled knots of the trunk with its spiky thorns and delicate blossoms. It is interpreted as a symbol of perseverance and purity, and since it blooms in winter upon withered branches, it also represents vigorous old age and the promised renewal of spring.

    Related prunus libation cups include a 17th century cup illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, nos. 112 and another cup with similar uncrowded blossom decoration which curls over the rim of the cup, illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.169, pl.215.

    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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