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Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century

Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century © Freeman’s 2014

Of unadorned cup form with slightly everted rim and shallow foot; of translucent orange-brown hue. H: 2 3/4 in. Estimate $20,000-30,000

PROVENANCE: Property of a New Jersey Collector

Fine Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century

Fine Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century © Freeman’s 2014

The cup carved in the form of a blooming lily flower, encircled by more budding lilyies and leafy sprigs to the exterior; cup attached to a custom wood stand. H without stand: 5 1/2 inches; with stand 8 1/4 inches. Estimate $80,000-120,000

PROVENANCE: Skinner 2013, Lot 222 Sale 2647B
Previously from Bluett & Sons, London in the 19th century by the Lauder family, to Mary Lauder Ross and John Alexander Ross, Scotland by 1910, to their daughter, sent to the United States in the 1960s, then by descent. The cup descended in the family of John Alexander Ross, the manager of the Crombie Mill, Aberdeen, Scotland, makers of luxury clothing, long favored by royals and international statesmen. It was once part of the contents of Netherton Lodge, the Ross Arts & Crafts manor house decorated with William Morris furnishings and Asian objects acquired from Bluett & Sons, London.

Large Chinese carved rhinoceros horn, late Qing dynasty

Large Chinese carved rhinoceros horn, late Qing dynasty © Freeman’s 2014

Carved and hollowed to represent the seas near tip, terrestrial figures and plant life at middle, and celestial figures and architecture toward cup-like base, the spine carved as long lotus stem spanning all three realms; with large hongmu stand carved to show figures in a rocky and wooded landscape. Overall H: 31 1/2 in. Estimate $40,000-60,000 

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