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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A FINE AND RARE SIGNED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

    16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND RARE SIGNED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    16TH/17TH CENTURY
    The steep sides finely carved and incised with a solitary boatman in a sea of tranquil waves, below jagged mountains and trees, to the side a large gnarled pine tree forming the handle of the vessel, the base signed Wen Shu and with a six-character sealmark.
    6 in. (15 cm.) wide


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    The six-character sealmark reads Shengya yipian qingshan and can be translated as 'My lonely life in this world'.

    Compare with a very similar example, also signed Wen Shu but without the sealmark, in The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and illustrated by Jan Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Christie's Books, 1999, p. 142, pl. 164.

    For a full discussion on Wen Shu see ibid., p.142, where the author mentions that only twelve extant cups with this signature are recorded and only one other has an identical six-character sealmark.

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