• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 842

    A FINELY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LOTUS-FORM CUP

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FINELY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LOTUS-FORM CUP
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The petals of the lotus blossom raised on a conforming foot and carved in the center of the interior with a lotus pod ringed by small upright petals, the openwork handle formed by a chilong climbing to the rim amidst scrolling lotus stems, the interior of the foot carved with a circular seal, zhai
    5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) across


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    The mark, zhai, inside the foot is possibly a studio mark of Hu Jianzhong. The same mark was also carved on the interior of the foot of a circular cup of more simple lotus shape from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, sold in these rooms, 1 December 1994, lot 13. The same mark, along with an inscription and a square seal that reads 'The seal of Hu Jianzhong', also appears on a rhinoceros horn cup in the Östasiatska Museet, Stockholm, and is illustrated by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p. 61, no. 31. The author also illustrates a cup of very similar shape with a similar openwork handle carved with a dragon amidst lotus stems, p. 61, no. 31.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 20 March 1997, lot 235.