• 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 889

    A RARE RHINOCEROS HORN POURING VESSEL

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE RHINOCEROS HORN POURING VESSEL
    18TH CENTURY
    Of helmet shape, carved around the sides with an archaistic taotie band, with an unusual strap handle, the base carved with a seal, Hu Xingyue zuo (made by Hu Xingyue)
    4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high


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    According to Jan Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p. 129, there are eight cups known by Hu Xingyue, who probably worked during the 18th century. The author illustrates the carver's seal on one of the known cups, an archaistic cup in the Museum voor Volkendunde, Rotterdam, no. 134. She goes on to mention that others are in "the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum", while the remainder are in private collections.

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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.


    Provenance

    Earl Kingston Lindley Collection, Pasadena, California; Butterfields, San Francisco, 22 October 2001, lot 3323.