A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century

cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6hkqhen

cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6hkqhen

cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6hkqhen

Lot 211. A rhinoceros horn 'Lotus leaf' libation cup, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Length 6 1/8 in., 15.5 cmEstimate 20,000 — 30,000 USDLot 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.

NoteDr. 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