Current bid: $800 CAD
Next bid: $900 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

37795 14-Apr-2021 10:22:42 PM $800

LOT 204


A Rare Chinese Silver Wire Inlaid Hornbill Skull, Qianlong Marks, Early 19th Century
carved hornbill
5 1/2 x 3 x 8 in, 14 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Fox's Gem Shop, Seattle
Private Collection, Vancouver, 1980s
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Of typical form and attached with a carved piece of lacquered wood protecting the base of the skull and eyes inlaid with spinach green jade, the protrusion above the beak carved with a scene of a phoenix and various songbirds amidst pine trees and large peonies, both sides of the skull inlaid with silver wire a scene of birds, rockery and florals, all below a continuous poem dated to the Qianlong reign:

All the colours of the garden faded by comparison

She drew the attention of all things

The water was not deep enough for her shadow

Her fragrance lingered wherever she went

All the small creatures gazed at her under the moonlight

Even the butterflies were taken by her beauty

Men could not enhance her beauty by mere poetry

Her budding charms were visible

Through the sheerness of her gown

Her fragrance was worthy only for an emperor

The moon goddess paled by comparison

The emotions she aroused were indescribable

Please note that this work is for domestic purchase only in Canada; Heffel will not ship this work internationally. Please be advised that this lot contains organic material that is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Veuillez noter que cette œuvre n’est offerte que pour achat national, au Canada seulement; la Maison Heffel refusera d’expédier cette œuvre à l’extérieur du pays. Sachez également que ce lot comporte du matériel organique protégé en vertu de la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (CITES).

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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