Lot 211. A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Length 6 1/8 in., 15.5 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 28,125 USD. Photo Sotheby's
carved in the form of a lotus leaf, the exterior with stalks of calamus, lotus and other aquatic plants, the stems bent upwards to form the handle, all supported on a base of swirling waves, the horn a reddish-brown color.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Louis Livingston Seaman (1851-1932).
Given by Dr. Seaman to John Karl Moffett and thence by descent.
Note: Dr. Seaman was a military surgeon during the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Boer wars, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012