A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 152Y
A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup
17th/18th century
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 30,039) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of a Gentleman 士紳藏品
A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup 17th/18th century
A rare rhinoceros horn leaf-shaped libation cup
17th/18th century
The dark-chocolate-toned horn well carved in the form of a curling artemisia leaf with incised veins, the handle formed of entwined branches issuing further leaves and flowers. 9cm (3 1/2in) long.

Footnotes


  • 十七/十八世紀 犀角葉形盃

    Provenance: an important European private collection

    Published and Illustrated: J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.105, pl.95.

    來源: 重要歐洲私人收藏

    出版及著錄: J.Chapman著,《The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China(中國犀角雕刻藝術)》,倫敦,1999年, 頁105,圖95

    The present lot is particularly rare for the method in which its shape was formed: rather than the typical method of carving the horn into the required form, a small section was cut from the side wall of the rhinoceros horn, and subsequently soaked until it was pliable enough to be curled into shape by hand; see J.Chapman, ibid., p.105.

    Compare a related 'lotus leaf' rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century, which was sold by Christie's London, 11 July 2006, lot 42; and see also another rhinoceros horn 'lotus leaf' libation cup, 17th/18th century, which was sold at Christie's London, 15 May 2007, lot 48.
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