• Lot 332

    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, XVIIEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, XVIIEME SIECLE
    Très finement sculptée en forme de corolle épanouie, les bordures intérieure et extérieure de la lèvre ainsi que le pied rehaussés de frises de grecques, l'un des pétales agrémenté d'un poème inscrit en léger relief, un branchage de prunus formant l'anse et venant délicatement reposer sur la bordure ; manques
    Hauteur: 7,5 cm. (3 in.), Longueur: 12 cm. (4¾ in.)


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    The poem inscribed can be translated as follow:
    'The Immortal enjoys so much his journey with the beauty,
    Wondering who would accompany the beauty in future?'
    Compare the actual cup with another very refine example, although not inscribed, illustrated in J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Christie's Book Ltd., 1999, p.93, pl.76.
    See also the lobed rhinoceros horn cup with dragon handle illustrated in T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong 1999, pl.5

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    Provenance

    From a Swiss private collection


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED AND INSCRIBED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    CHINA, 17TH CENTURY