• Lot 201

    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 finement sculpté en trois dimensions d'un paysage continu de rivière, montagnes et rochers, agrémenté de plusieurs pavillons et d'arbres divers aux troncs tortueux, des lettrés se promenant dans ce décor poétique, les branches d'un grand pin formant l'anse et s'étalant à l'intérieur de la coupe, marque gravée 'Ziangzhi' à la base, socle en bois ; partie de l'anse manquante, la base refixée, petits accidents
    Hauteur: 15,5 cm. (6 1/8 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. A very similar rhinoceros horn libation cup is illustrated in Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong 2002, pl.145.

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT payable at 19.6% (5.5% for books) will be added to the buyer’s premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis


    Provenance

    Acquired before the 1930's in China by a former German ambassador to China and thence by descent to the present owner


    Post Lot Text

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