• Lot 372

    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
    Très finement sculptée en forme de feuille de lotus, les veines délicatement incisées, l'extérieur orné de quatre petits chilong évoluant au-dessus de flots tumultueux, ces derniers formant une spirale sur la base, deux autres dragons de tailles plus importantes formant anse, le plus grand au corps noueux, appuyé sur la bordure, une tige de lotus dans la gueule ; petits éclats
    Hauteur: 9,5 cm. (3¾ in.), Longueur: 16 cm. (6¼ in.)


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    Compare with another rhinoceros horn libation cup carved as a lotus leaf and enhanced with chilong, illustrated in T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 50, no. 3
    See also two horn cups, one sold in our London Rooms, 7 November 2006, lot 48 and the other from the Songzhutang collection, sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 May 2008, lot 1718

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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    Provenance

    From a French private collection


    Post Lot Text

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