• Lot 337

    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, XVIIEME-XVIIIEME SIECLE

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    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, XVIIEME-XVIIIEME SIECLE
    Finement sculptée à l'extérieur à la façon d'un tronc de pin aux irrégularités saillantes et noeuds incisés, l'anse formée d'un branchage tortueux de pin, certains rameaux venant reposer sur la bordure intérieure ; petite égrenure
    Hauteur: 9 cm. (3½ in.), Longueur: 11 cm. (4 3/8 in.)


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    As an important symbol of Longevity, the pine tree was depicted on rhinoceros horn cups even more often that the lotus. The current example shows the achieved technique of the carvers in showing the texture of the tree with its tortuous and scaly surface as well as the refinement of the needles. See a comparable example illustrated in J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Christie's Books Ltd., London 1999, p.175, pl.229.

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    Provenance

    From a Swiss private collection


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    CHINA, 17TH/18TH CENTURY