• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 291

    A SILVER FILIGREE-MOUNTED RHINOCEROS-HORN CUP

    PROBABLY GOANESE, 18TH CENTURY

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    A SILVER FILIGREE-MOUNTED RHINOCEROS-HORN CUP
    PROBABLY GOANESE, 18TH CENTURY
    The tapering horn cup with a turned foot and with a hinged silver filigree mount
    4 1/8 in. (10.7 cm.) high


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    The trade routes travelled by the East India Companies between Europe, the Indian sub-continent and south-east Asia resulted in a great deal of artistic fluidity, making it difficult to provide an attribution for the present lot to a particular centre. However the existence of another filigree mounted rhinoceros-horn cup in the Padua Ramos collection, which was mounted in Goa (Exotica - The Portuguese Discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer, Lisbon, 2001, p.166-167, no. 58) suggests a similar origin for the present cup. While the Padua Ramos cup is mounted foot and rim and also has handles it, like the present example, has a distinctive beaded filigree foot.

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