A Pair Of Large Carved Full-Tip  Rhinoceros Horn Libation 'Lotus' Cups, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century - Sotheby's

the full length of each horn intricately worked in the form of a deep lotus leaf, borne on a long curved stem, surrounded by an openwork tangle of further lotus leaves, irises, reeds and other aquatic plants, all issuing from a lotus root at the tip, the horn of a light caramel tone shading to dark brown at the tip, large carved and pierced wood stands (4). Length 20 1/4  in., 51.4 cm. Estimation: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth, Villa Filoli, Woodside, California.
Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, California, March 1975.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 19 mars 2013 www.sothebys.com