• 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 875

    A VERY RARE SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN CHRYSANTHEMUM DISH

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE SMALL RHINOCEROS HORN CHRYSANTHEMUM DISH
    18TH CENTURY
    Finely carved on the interior and exterior as rows of narrow petals radiating from the center
    3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) diam.


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    The shape of this very rare dish is most likely based on jade prototypes of contemporary date, such as the Qianlong example illustrated in Emperor Ch'ien-lung's Grand Cultural Enterprise, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2002, no. V-42. As with the present rhinoceros horn dish, the center of the jade dishes as well as the base are carved as the center of an open flower surrounded by overlapping rows of narrow petals. Chrysanthemum dishes were also made in porcelain and lacquer, but the shape is simpler, with a plain center surrounded by only one row of petals. A set of twelve porcelain dishes of Yongzheng date is illustrated in Kangxi.Yongzheng.Qianlong - Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, 1989, no. 145. And a lacquer example of Qianlong date is illustrated by Wang Shixiang, Ancient Chinese Lacquer, Beijing, 1987, no. 144.

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    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.


    Exhibited

    Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 9 - 20 June 2003, no. 70.