Assembled over the last half century, this collection of rhinoceros horn carvings was assembled by Edward and Franklin Chow - respectively the grandfather and father of Nicolas Chow, Sotheby's International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. The collection ranks among the finest in the world, and was started in 1959 when Edward Chow acquired his first rhinoceros horn cup in London. This first selection from the collection comprises 26 exceptional examples from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Highlights of the sale include a large Ming Imperial bowl decorated with striding dragons, an exceptionally carved libation cup from the Ming dynasty, and a large archaistic Guang vessel. Every piece in the collection reflects the collectors' great connoisseurship. Many examples we have in this collection are extremely delicate and hard to be found on the market. This special sale will offer collectors an unique opportunity to acquire treasures that is a part of the lost heritage.
The sale totaled HK$125,420,000 / US$ 16,079,487 with top lot, An Exceptionally Rare Large Rhinoceros Horn Archaistic Guang Vessel By You Yiliang 17th Century, sold HK$18,580,000 / US$2,382,051.