A Chinese rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup 17th-18th century

Lot 30. A Chinese rhinoceros horn archaistic libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate: 20,000-30,000 GBP.  Price realised: 17,000 GBP. Courtesy Woolley & Wallis

The flared body carved with a central band of stylized dragons on a leiwen ground, the handle elaborately carved with one small and one large chilong which clambers over the rim holding a prunus spray in its jaws, further scrollwork and fungus stems issue from the creatures, the flare foot is decorated with a key fret band, 16.5cm long x 10.5cm high, 276g.  

Woolley & Wallis. Asian Art Works I. 16 May 2017