A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century

Lot 4163. A finely carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century, 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) across. Estimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,500,000Price realised HKD 3,860,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012

The cup is crisply carved in high relief around the sides to represent a steep cliff face with clusters of pine and wutong trees, above a stream in the foreground meandering through jagged rocks. The handle is formed by a large pierced and carved pine tree continuing over the rim to the interior of the cup carved with further cliffs. The material is of a rich reddish-brown colour, wood stand, box .

ProvenanceSold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21 May 1985, lot 287

LiteratureT. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 188, no. 135 

Exhibited: Hong Kong Museum of Art, Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth: Gems of Antiquities Collections in Hong Kong, 2002-2005. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 May 2012, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall