A rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel and grapevine' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 204. A rhinoceros horn 'Squirrel and grapevine' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Length 6 1/2 in., 16.5 cmEstimate 25,000 — 35,000 USDLot sold 31,250 USD. Photo Sotheby's

carved as overlapping leaves, the exterior with flowering branches and squirrels clambering over leafy fruiting grapevines, gnarled vines forming the base, further vines borne with grapes trailing over into the interior, wood stand (2)

Provenance: Acquired in Los Angeles circa 1990.
Property of a Californian Collection.
Sotheby's New York, 20th March 2012, lot 202.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012