Lot 3792. A rhinoceros horn ‘Prunus tree’ libation cup, Qing Dynasty , 17th-18th century. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot Sold 937,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.
the tapered horn carved on the exterior with an irregular surface with subtle ridges and knots simulating a tree trunk, one side detailed in high relief with a gnarled branch and thin twigs issuing prunus blossoms of varying sizes and extending across the exterior and onto the interior of the cup, the horn patinated to a dark brown colour lightening a warm amber tone towards the mouthrim, wood stand; 12.8 cm., 5 in.