Lot 2174. A carved rhinoceros horn 'Magnolia' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 480,000 - HKD 620,000. Price realised HKD 1,040,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
The magnolia-form cup with flared sides is finely carved around the exterior in high relief with magnolia blooms, the handle in the form of a large mangolia blossom issuing from a gnarling branch extending to the base. The material is of a rich caramel tone.
Provenance: Acquired in Washington D.C., 1972, 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