19 septembre 2009

A collection of rhinoceros horn sold @ Sotheby"s New York

A large rhinoceros horn libation cup. Qing dynasty, 18th century of dark brownish-black tone, the horn finely carved to the exterior with a lone boatman on a rolling stream, beneath a mountain landscape with towering pine trees and swirling clouds, a large gnarled pine trunk and branches forming the handle at one end, the interior carved with a writhing qilong and swirling clouds, inscribed qi qiu xia ri, Bai Ye, with wood stand (2); length 7 3/8 in., 18.7 cm. Est. 15,000—20,000 USD. Lot sold 86,500 USD PROVENANCE:... [Lire la suite]