A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, 17th century

Lot 3011. A carved rhinoceros horn 'Prunus' cup, 17th century; 9.9 cm., 3 7/8 in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 687,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby's

the horn of a deep honey brown tone, elegantly modelled as a section of a flowering prunus tree, the exterior with a few five-petalled blooms issuing from a gnarled branch, the interior mostly undecorated, wood stand.

Provenance: Christie's New York. 26th September 1996, lot 339.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2014