Lot 2173. A carved rhinoceros horn floral-form libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 320,000 - HKD 480,000. Price realised HKD 1,580,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
The cup with flaring sides is carved in the form of a large magnolia flower with six overlapping petals. The exterior is detailed with serrated leaves borne on gnarling branches extending upwards to form the handle issuing buds. The material is of a rich honey colour..
Provenance: Acquired in China, 1931, and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 28 November 2012, Hong Kong