• Lot 219

    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIIEME SIECLE

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    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIIEME SIECLE
    Finement sculptée et incisée, à l'extérieur et sur la lèvre de nuages prenant la forme de lingzhi, six chilong aux corps noueux et deux phénix évoluant parmi ces nuées, un grand dragon féroce formant l'anse ; petits accidents
    Hauteur: 8 cm. (3 1/8 in.), Longueur: 15,2 cm. (6 in.)


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    Compare the present lot with two other examples from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, illustrated by Jan Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London 1999, pl.234, decorated with sinuous dragons amidst clouds, and pl. 239, with mythical animals frolicking in turbulent waves. In all three cases, a dragon has been carved as the handle of each cup, and according to Chapman, "Even more challenging from a technical viewpoint are those carvings in which the body of the dragon is made to weave in and out from the exterior to the interior of the cup.", p. 178.

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    Provenance

    From a French private collection.


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY