• Lot 308

    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIEME-XVIIIEME SIECLE

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    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIEME-XVIIIEME SIECLE
    De taille importante, l'extérieur très finement sculpté en trois dimensions, d'un paysage continu de rivières, montagnes et rochers, agrémenté de plusieurs pavillons et d'arbres divers aux troncs tortueux, des lettrés se promenant dans ce décor poétique, deux rochers formant les anses, les branches d'un grand pin s'étalant à l'intérieur de la coupe ; restaurations et petits accidents
    Hauteur: 15,2 cm. (6 in.), Longueur: 17,8 cm. (7 in.)


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    The rhinoceros horn is considered as one of the 'Eight Precious' symbols. It was known to the Chinese for its power to detect poison which resulted in the creation of these specific food and drink vessels.
    The quality of carving of this horn is exquisite and three-dimensional. Some very nice and close examples of such rhinoceros horns with landscapes and figures can be found on Thomas Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong 1999. See particularly pl.162 which has similar landscape patterns and also the same rocks and trunks of pine trees powerfully modeled and rising over the rim into the cup.
    Another rhinoceros horn libation cup illustrated in Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong 2002, pl.145 is very similar to the present one. The shape, colour and landscape patterns are very much alike.

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    Post Lot Text

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