• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 51



    Price Realised  


    Of open flower form with overlapping petals on the interior, the exterior carved on one side with a pair of phoenixes standing atop the open rockwork base beneath the moon amidst clouds at the rim, on the reverse a crane flies above its mate, and nearby a small bird is perched on a rock beside a pair of birds touching beaks while in flight below bamboo and prunus branches sprouting from the rocks above, the handle formed by the intertwining trunks of two trees on which a pair of birds perch
    6 in. (15 cm.) long

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    Two rhinoceros horn cups in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, include the two types of birds seen on this cup. See J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p. 187, no. 253, for a detail of a cup with a pair of cranes, and no. 254 for a cup with a pair of phoenixes. The style of carving on both of these appears to be very similar to that on the present cup.

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