Thursday 17th September Online Only Auction - Click here to view fully illustrated results

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Quarterly Specialist Sales

Quality Antique Furniture, Paintings, Prints, Silver & Plate, Jewellery, Ceramics, Glassware & Collectors Items

Important Information and changes to the normal Conditions of Sale during the Coronavirus Period


This is a live on-line auction held behind closed doors.  Bidders may leave commission bids direct with Clevedon Salerooms or bid live with


If you intend to bid  online, please REGISTER at the earliest opportunity to allow us to verify and approve you to bid.


Quarterly Specialist Sale of Antiques, Fine Art, Collectors Items, Silver, Jewellery and Watches

Thursday 3rd September at 10.30am

Viewing strictly by advance appointment 26th, 27th, 28th August & 1st, 2nd September


Lot 1 Fine Chinese Archaistic Rhinoceros horn libation cup

17th/18th Century, of conical Lotus form on a slightly spreading foot, the openwork handle carved as two sinuous chilong with a third smaller chilong clambering up the side, each having finely carved bifurcated tails, a central band carved with taotie bats against a geometric fret ground over a series of hanging blades, a continuous key fret band to the rim, the horn of dark reddish brown tone, 7.5cm high, 11.5cm long, 145 grams



The property of an English deceased estate, Henleaze, Bristol.


A similar example with chilong handle and key fret band to the rim, also dated circa 17th/18th Century, can be found in the collection of the British Museum (accession number SLMisc.143), bequeathed in 1753 by British physician and collector Sir Hans Sloane.  For other comparative examples see Christie’s London, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 May 2011, Lot 3; Christie’s Hong Kong, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 May 2012, Lot 4157; and Bonhams Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 29 May 2018, Lot 52



Minor wear to rim in places.  Pouring lip appears to be repolished. One chilong has a shallow surface split extending from the shoulder.  There is a shallow surface split to the taotie band beneath the pouring lip.  Either side of the lip are two faint surface fissures. There is a small shallow surface pinhole near the pouring lip. Minor nibbling to the rim edge, the edges of the taotie band and around the foot rim.


Special requirements for bidding on Lot 1 Rhinoceros horn libation cup - (please note – failure to complete pre-sale bidding requirements will result in your bid being refused):

1. Bidders are required to register separately for this single Lot in order to bid on Lot 1. You will be required to register for a separate bidding number to bid on all other Lots (Lot 2 to end of sale).

  1. A returnable deposit of GBP £2,000 sterling by Debit card or Bank Transfer (including IBAN) is required in advance before the day of sale, in order to register interest for this Lot, either to bid:
  2. a) by telephone (subject to availability, first come, first served)
  3. b) online via
  4. c) In person at the auction on the day for this Lot only, if the Government restrictions allow at that time.


  1. Registration will require identity checks (Passport or UK driving licence) and a completed purchase receipt in UK sterling from another reputable auction house.

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THERE IS RESTRICTED VIEWING FOR THIS AUCTION.  Bidders requiring further information on any lots are invited to contact the Auctioneers for additional images and condition reports.  VIEWING IN PERSON may be available on a strictly limited basis by prior appointment.  Be aware that if you arrive without an appointment, we may not be able to accommodate you.  Please contact us on 01934 830111 for an appointment.



Whilst both debit and credit cards can be authorised by for bidder verification, remote payment for successful purchases can only be accepted by debit card or Bank Transfer.  Our bank details are on the bottom of every invoice.  Credit card Payments up to £1000 can be accepted, but only in person at the Salerooms with the cardholder present.

Payment must be made by Friday 5pm the day after the sale, after which time we reserve the right to process payments automatically.

Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 4.95% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed 



Clevedon Salerooms are offering an in-house shipping service for many but not all of the items we sell during the period of Coronavirus.  Please contact Henry at the Salerooms for a quote:


Alternative options:

  • Teresa Connor at Packalot on 0117 4228899, 07799 077384 or email:
  • Mailboxes on 0117 9227671 or email:
  • Darius Peterson on 07803 081531 or email 
  • For larger items such as furniture, a quote can be obtained from Alban Shipping Tel: 01582 493099 Email:



We will be operating a strict social distancing policy for collection in person.  We are open Monday to Friday 9am- 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm for collections.


The above Coronavirus specific terms of business supersede any conflicting terms contained within the standard Conditions of Sale below.

View Times


Bidders requiring further information on any lots are invited to view the extra images and see the online condition reports.  VIEWING IN PERSON may be available on a strictly limited basis by prior advance appointment on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th August & Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd September. Be aware that if you arrive without an prior appointment, we may not be able to accommodate you. 

Please contact us on 01934 830111 to book a time slot.


Sale Times

Sale starts at 10:30am on 3rd September 2020



Our friendly team is available for any questions you may have regarding this sale. Please contact us on 01934 830111


Commission Bidding

Please note commission bidding closes 60 minutes before the start of the sale. If you wish to bid after this time, please contact the saleroom on 01934 830111


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