6th Nov, 2020 10:00

Asian Art - Live Online

Lot 247


A Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup

A Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup,
18th century, the flaring body of octagonal form on a short raised foot, decorated with a taotie mask reserved on a leiwen ground, the handle pierced and carved with a chilong gazing into the deep interior, a smaller chilong underneath clambering to the side, key fret borders to the rim and foot rim,
15.2cm wide
9.5cm high
244.6g, and
an associated wood stand, pierced and carved with pine and lingzhi among rocks,
8cm high (2)

This lot is subject to CITES regulations when exporting outside the EU. Non-EU potential purchasers should be aware that, under EU guidance issued March 2012, it is possible that you may not be able to obtain a CITES re-export permit for this lot.

清十八世纪 犀角雕饕餮螭龙纹杯

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Sold for £31,000

Condition Report

Please note that an export licence will only be granted for rhinoceros horn pieces should the hammer price meet or exceed the value of 100 USD per gram of the item's weight.

Cup - Foot rim and the left shoulder of large chilong chipped. Minute chips and small cracks to rim and edges, the smaller chilong with a split. 244.6g.
Stand - splits and chipped in numerous places, a small section missing to the right.



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Auction: Asian Art - Live Online, 6th Nov, 2020



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