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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 107

    **A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    **A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    18TH CENTURY
    Of flared form, deeply carved on the exterior with plum blossoms, pine boughs and bamboo forming the 'Three Friends of Winter,' issuing from twisted branches forming the base and handle
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) long


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    The decoration on this rhinoceros horn libation cup, pine, prunus and bamboo, known as the 'Three Friends of Winter', symbolizes the strength, purity and uprightness of the cultivated gentleman, and is a common decoration found in Chinese art.

    Special Notice

    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

    Christie's, London, 7 November 2006, lot 46.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION