An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century

Lot 7. An archaistic rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th century; 6 3/8 in. (16 cm.) longEstimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000Price realised GBP 133,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Raised on a spreading foot and carved around the exterior with a taotie band reserved on a leiwen ground with four chilong, the openwork handle formed by five further chilong clambering up the side towards the rim, with three peering over into the interior, carved with a continuous band of key fret to the rim, the horn of a dark brown tone. 

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 May 2011, London, King Street