Lot 4165. A finely carved 'Scholars' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Ming dynasty, early 17th century, 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,500,000. Price realised HKD 4,220,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
Provenance: Acquired in London, 1982
Literature: T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 207, no. 151
Exhibited: Hong Kong Museum of Art, Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth: Gems of Antiquities Collections in Hong Kong, 2002-2005
Note: The decorative theme rendered on the present cup depicting a naturalistic landscape inhabited by scholars clearly illustrates the influence of contemporaneous paintings and the subject-matter was popularly adopted by master craftsmen for decoration on rhinoceros horn carvings.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 May 2012, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall