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Old smooth patina. Age cracks to ivory foot
First Half 17th Century
Size: 33cm high, 11cm dia (max) – 13 ins high, 4¼ ins dia. (max)
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 57, for a turned rhinoceros horn vessel and catalogue no. 9, item no. 12, for three 18th century turned rhinoceros horn vessels
cf: A cup and cover of similar shape engraved with the inscription ‘The Exalted Roman Emperor Rudolf II’s Goblet Which Protects Against Poison – The Unconquerable Emperor’s Hand Shaped This Ingenious Goblet’ D 406.766 / 339 Royal Danish Kunstkammer, Copenhagen National Museum
Rhinoceros horn objects were regarded as items of great rarity and prestige in Renaissance Europe, but they had been regarded as objects of great value with inherent magical properties for well over one thousand years before this time in China, and by the early 17th century Chinese cups and vessels of carved rhino horn were being exported to Europe to meet the demand for exotic curiosities for the cabinets of wealthy collectors.