A carved rhinoceros horn 'Lotus' libation cup, 17th-18th century

Lot 2. A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century, 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000Price realised GBP 115,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Carved to the exterior with five clambering chilongs, all above a diaper ground band and below a slim key-fret border, the handle formed by a larger chilong climbing up one side and crawling over the rim, grasping its young by the tail in its mouth, the horn of a dark amber tone

Provenance: Hélène Lelianoff Collection, acquired in the 1940s. 

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