Lot 303. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century, 13cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Photo: Bonhams.
Finely carved to the exterior with a band of trefoil diaper ground beneath a key-fret border on the rim, the handle formed by inverted volutes and a stylised mythical beast climbing up one side and biting the rim.
Provenance: A related archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup is illustrated by J.Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.149, pl.175.
Compare with a related archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th/18th century, which was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 2 June 2016, lot 32.