A rock crystal ‘ear’ cup, erbei, Late Warring States period. Estimate £3,000 – 5,000 (€3,800 – 6,300). Photo Bonhams
Carved from a clear stone with some streaked silvery-white and russet inclusions, the oval vessel with deeply rounded sides, footless base and a pair of flat winged handles with lipped rims, box. 8.7cm (3 3/8in) long (2).
Property from the Profesor Michael Besser Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Provenance: Ben Janssens Oriental Art, 7 March 2011.
Illustrated: Ben Janssens, TEFAF Maastricht Spring 2011, p. 22
Notes: For a closely related example, similarly dated and carved from the same material, see N. Richard, Recovering China’s Past: Art, Archaeology and Architecture of the ‘Wu Family Shrines’, Princeton University Art Museum, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005, p.356.
Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 3 Nov 2014 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE