Lot 766 : Sold for £30,000 hammer

Estimate £30,000-£40,000

A late 17th to early 18th Century Chinese rhino horn archaistic libation cup in the form of a flared lotus flower. The horn of dark toffee tone and colour, paler to the exterior. Carved with squared key-fret bands to both the inside and outside of the rim and with a deep stylised flower scroll band around the waist of the cup. The well of the cup carved in detailed relief with a dragon; its body extending to form the handle, with a further four smaller dragons climbing upon it. The cup set upon a later fixed base, probably buffalo horn, carved with a further stylised flower scroll band and with a squared key-fret border to the foot rim, S/D. Dimensions - The circumference of the rim measures 43.5cm. The width from the lip of the cup to the top of the handle is 16cm. The height is 14cm which includes the base. The base itself is 4cm high. Weight - The gross weight of the cup is 380g, which includes the fixed base. This item is offered for sale with an AHVLA Animal Health permission letter. As per the letter of permission, Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd are asked to advise any non-EU potential buyers that, in line with new EC Guidance issued in March 2012, it is unlikely that a CITES re-export certificate would be granted for this item. Furthermore, due to Chinese domestic legislation prohibiting the import and internal trade of rhino horn, Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd will not accept bids by telephone, or in writing or by email for this lot from potential buyers based in mainland China and other countries outside the EU.

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