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October 12, 2013 11:00 AMCalender

Important Rhinoceros Horn "Magnolia" Cup

Auction: Asian Works Of Art - 2678BLocation: BostonDate / Time: October 12, 2013 11:00AM


Important Rhinoceros Horn "Magnolia" Cup, China, 17th/18th century, tapered ovoid form, depicting a deeply hollowed magnolia, the exterior sides carved with branching magnolia blossoms intertwined with branches of lychee, the branches forming the reticulated handle are tied at the base with a magnolia branch, the horn of an even, rich caramel color deepening to a darker brown at the center of the cup and the ends of exterior bound branches, with stand, ht. 7 in.

Provenance: A small New England museum.

Note: The combination of magnolia and lychee symbolizes wishes for a rich and noble home with many sons.
Estimate $30,000-50,000

great patina; minor chips on rim, few age cracks, stand with damage to base but is still stable

(Weight without stand: 223.3 grams)

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China, England museum, New England