17 mai 2011

Rhinoceros horn carving @ Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 11 May 11

A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. 17th century. .Photo Sotheby's of flaring U-shape resting on a flat base, carved with a gnarled tree forming the handle with associated leaves continuing over the rim, the exterior decorated in relief with a sage and an acolyte set within a landscape, with further trees rising from rockwork amid a cloud mist, the horn of rich toffee tone darkening to a dark chocolate tone at the base; 16cm., 6 1/4 in. Estimate 50,000—70,000 GBP. Lot Sold 181,250 GBP PROVENANCE: Christie's Rome, 7th May... [Lire la suite]