• Lot 234

    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, XVIIEME SIECLE

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    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, XVIIEME SIECLE
    De forme polylobée, très finement sculptée, à l'extérieur d'un registre à décor archaïsant de masques de taotie sur fond de leiwen, le pied rehaussé d'une frise de grecques, l'anse formée du corps noueux d'un chilong appuyé sur la bordure, un plus petit agrippé à lui
    Hauteur: 8,5 cm. (3 3/8 in.), Longueur: 13 cm. (5 1/8 in.)


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    Ancient bronzes were one of the first things to be collected by the Chinese rulers, and have proved the most enduring items to influence other media in later periods. The Qing dynasty emperors showed an equal passion for ancient bronzes and for ordering contemporary vessels made in ancient style, fanggu (copying the ancient).
    The current rhinoceros horn example is directly inspired by these earlier bronze prototypes although it shows the exquisite refinement of the 17th/18th century.
    Compare with a polylobed rhinoceros horn gobelet illustrated in J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Christie's Book Ltd., 1999, p.93, pl.76.
    See also a very similar cup although decorated with a band of lotus scrolls, illustrated in T. Fok, Op. Cit., p.82, pl.35.
    Two other libation cups from the Songzhutang collection, showing the same archaistic patterns and chilong handle, were sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, lots 1721 and 1723.

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    Provenance

    From a French private collection


    Post Lot Text

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