20 juin 2011

Rhinoceros Horn Carvings and Scholars' Objects @ Bonhams

A rhinoceros horn libation cup. Qing Dynasty, 18th Century. Photo Bonhams The conical horn well carved and undercut with a handle formed by a rocky outcropping and the reticulated trunks of deciduous trees overlapping a gnarled pine with its upper branches extending into the interior, a lower bough stretching over a rocky overhang to frame a seated Chinese sage accompanied by two youthful attendants, all pondering the landscape formed by jagged cliffs scattered with maple and other deciduous trees silhouetted against a meandering... [Lire la suite]
06 juin 2011

Massive Qianlong Lacquer Vase Highlights June Auction In San Francisco

A fine red, black and yellow carved lacquer baluster vase, 18th Century. Estimate $80,000-120,000. Photo Bonhams San Francisco - Summer begins with a wealth of Chinese art at Bonhams & Butterfields, with fine objects in every collecting category going on the auction block June 21 at 10 a.m. A rare carved red, lacquer vase, Qianlong, discovered in an East Coast private collection, is a star lot and cover of the catalogue (est. $80,000-120,000). Carved with classic taotie masks, enclosed in stiff lappet bands on a ground of... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2011

A finely carved archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century

          A finely carved archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The tall slender body rising to a wide flaring rim, encircled at the mid-section in shallow relief with a raised band of confronted archaistic kui dragons on a leiwen ground, between large lappets rising to the rim and descending to the slightly splayed foot divided by four regularly spaced vertical notched flanges, further intricately decorated in high relief at... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2011

An extremely rare rhinoceros horn 'chilong and lingzhi' warming cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century

    An extremely rare rhinoceros horn 'chilong and lingzhi' warming cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Of deep, conical form carved on the gold-lacquered interior with stepped ridges forming the outline of a lingzhi head and on the exterior with two chilong balanced atop bamboo and further lingzhi which form the openwork base, with a large cane of bamboo and a lingzhi sprig forming the handle at one end, the horn of dark caramel and golden honey tones; 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.)... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2011

An extremely rare archaistic tripod rhinoceros horn libation cup.. Qing dynasty, 17th/18th century.

        An extremely rare archaistic tripod rhinoceros horn libation cup.. Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011   The archaistic vessel standing on three broadly splayed triangular lappet-form legs emerging from lion masks, the slender flared body exquisitely carved in low relief around the sides with a band of two taotie masks on a leiwen ground below a band of stylised lappets enclosing ruyi heads, the double strap handle spanning the lower body and the rim with a... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2011

An important and extremely rare rhinoceros horn deer-form libation cup. Ming dynasty, 16th/17th century.

        An important and extremely rare rhinoceros horn deer-form libation cup. Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The hollowed cup superbly carved as a powerful full-bodied recumbent deer, its front talon-like feet contentedly crossed at the front below the chest which bears the four-character inscription, Tianlu yongchang, 'Eternal prosperity', its rear legs partially tucked beneath the body which is adorned with ruyi cloud-like swirls, the animal's head... [Lire la suite]
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01 juin 2011

An extremely rare rhinoceros horn floriform cup. Qianlong incised four-character mark and of the period (1736-1795

      An extremely rare rhinoceros horn floriform cup. Qianlong incised four-character mark and of the period (1736-1795). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 Elegantly carved with deep rounded sides rising to an everted eight-lobed rim echoing the form of petals of an outturned lotus leaf, resting on five small waisted tab feet, the interior and exterior left undecorated to display the natural beauty of the material, the fibrous texture ranging from a translucent golden yellow tone around the sides to a... [Lire la suite]
01 juin 2011

An exquisitely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. Qing dynasty 17th/18th century.

An exquisitely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The thick irregular sides superbly carved as a tapering knotted hibiscus branches issuing from the exterior to form the handle, growing smaller branches bearing hibiscus flowers enveloping the sides of the cup and extending over to the interior upon which a swallow naturalistically carved in openwork is perched looking upwards grasping a branch that bridges the spout while a second swallow perched on the... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2011

Rhinoceros horn libation cups & A rare Arabic-inscribed rhinoceros horn stemcup. Late Ming dynasty

A finely carved 'Ode to the Red Cliff' rhinoceros horn libation cup. Late Ming / early Qing dynasty. Photo Bonhams Superbly carved in deep relief to depict a scene from 'Ode to the Red Cliff', depicting Su Dongpo accompanied by two other figures seated on a raft on a fast-flowing river, all below large, cragged rock faces, a cascading waterfall and over-hanging pine and wutong trees, with a scholar and attendant seated on the riverbank, a large gnarled pine tree forming the openwork handle, the horn of a warm honey tone, carved... [Lire la suite]
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]