Lot 3794. A rhinoceros horn 'Hollyhock and Crab Apple' libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th century; 14.1 cm., 5 1/2 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 812,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.
naturalistically carved as a large furled serrated leaf forming the cup with veins running on the interior, the exterior detailed in varying levels of relief with branches issuing leaves and floral buds and blossoms, all enveloping the sides and stemming from the openwork foot, the undercut handle formed on one side from a branch issuing three floral buds and a leaf resting on the outer rim of the cup, the horn of a dark brown colour, wood stand.