• 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 882

    AN UNUSUAL RHINOCEROS HORN ARCHAISTIC FOUR-LEGGED POURING VESSEL

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL RHINOCEROS HORN ARCHAISTIC FOUR-LEGGED POURING VESSEL
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Carved in the form of an archaic bronze yi, with archaistic bands around the sides and a strap handle opposite the spout
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long


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    A rhinoceros horn pouring vessel of this shape, also carved with archaistic designs and raised on short legs, but with a gnarled prunus branch handle, dated to the Ming dynasty, from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee, is illustrated in 'Notes on a Collection of Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Carvings', Catalogue of the International Asian Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, 12-15 May 1982, no. 15.

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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, 8 - 26 June 1999, no. 52.