A large full-tip rhinoceros horn cup, Qing dynasty, 19th century

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cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gmhpen

cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gmhpen

cup ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gmhpen

Lot 213. A large full-tip rhinoceros horn cup, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Length 13 1/2 in., 34.3 cmEstimate 15,000 — 20,000 USDLot sold 18,750 USD. Photo Sotheby's

the large, deep cup carved as a mallow blossom supported on an intricate openwork tangle of wutong, prunus, magnolia and pine trees, incorporating figures of the Hehe twins and Su Wu the goat herder, the horn of a pale honey color darkening towards the tip, the wood stand pierced and carved as pine, wutong and lingzhi issuing from pierced rockwork supporting two goats (2).

Provenance: Acquired circa 1900 by a member of the Pearce family of Providence, Rhode Island, and thence by descent.

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