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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 324

    **A SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    **A SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Finely carved as a lotus leaf with curled edges, borne on a coiled openwork stem that forms the base and bears a flower on one side, with an insect and two characters, Shang Ming, carved in relief on the exterior and a fish and snail on the interior, of rich honey color shading to a darker tone at the base
    4 1/16 in. (10.4 cm.) long


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    A rhinoceros horn cup bearing a seal mark in relief reading Shang Ming, but carved with taotie masks and and chi dragons, in the collection of Tom Fok, is illustrated by T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 65, no. 18.

    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.