• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    A WELL-CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

    17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A WELL-CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    17TH CENTURY
    Finely carved around the sides with two intertwined leafy branches of finger citron that form the openwork handle at one end and bear fruit at the mouth rim, on the sides and at the base where it continues onto the underside beside an unusual outward-curved leaf, with an orchid issuing from under the handle on one side, of rich honey color
    5 7/8 in. (16 cm.) across, wood stand, fitted box


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    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY