• 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 822

    A VERY RARE RHINOCEROS HORN LOTUS LEAF CUP

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A VERY RARE RHINOCEROS HORN LOTUS LEAF CUP
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The large lotus leaf carved and undercut at one end with water weeds and raised on a curved stem held by a crouching boy
    5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high, box


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    This rare cup is related to another of a boy holding the stem of a large lotus leaf with a crab and water grasses on its interior in the Marcel Lorber Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, illustrated by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p. 73, fig. 39. The author notes, p. 74, that this motif is "well-known in Chinese art but rarely seen in three-dimensional pieces." One of the reasons for the popularity of the theme is the wish that it conveys, that of giving birth to many sons.

    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

    Th. Van Veen Collection.