• Lot 371

    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN BAMBOU SCULPTE ET LAQUE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, FIN DU XVIIIEME SIECLE

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    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN BAMBOU SCULPTE ET LAQUE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, FIN DU XVIIIEME SIECLE
    Sculptée et laquée brun, imitant la corne de rhinocéros, le pied rehaussé d'une frise de volutes, le corps de deux registres de dragons kui et masques de taotie ponctués d'arêtes incisées de grecques, treize chilong parcourant ce décor, certains agrippés à l'anse et à la bordure, la lèvre de la coupe rehaussée d'une frise de grecques ; petits éclats de laque
    Hauteur: 12,8 cm. (5 in.)


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    The art of the rhinoceros horn carving influenced various other types of Chinese decorative art such as blanc-de-chine porcelain cups, jade, ivory, soapstone, wood and bamboo. Even if it is difficult to say exactly how, when and why one particular type of Chinese decorative art was influenced by another, there is no doubt that such interaction did occur. For a discussion on this interesting matter see J. Chapman, The Art of the Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, pp.250-264.
    The author also illustrates a rhinoceros horn libation cup, shaped and carved with archaistic decorations which are very much alike those of the present lot, Op. Cit., p.154
    See also another very similar rhinoceros horn libation cup from the collection of T. Fok and illustrated in his book Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong 1999, p.66, pl.19, which was also sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 May 2008, lot 1719 (front cover)

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    Post Lot Text

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL CARVED AND LACQUERED BAMBOO LIBATION CUP IMITATING RHINOCEROS HORN
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH CENTURY