Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall
30 May 2012
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A FINELY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
The cup is crisply carved in high relief around the sides to represent a steep cliff face with clusters of pine and wutong trees, above a stream in the foreground meandering through jagged rocks. The handle is formed by a large pierced and carved pine tree continuing over the rim to the interior of the cup carved with further cliffs. The material is of a rich reddish-brown colour.
8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) across, wood stand, box
Sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21 May 1985, lot 287
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T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 188, no. 135
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth: Gems of Antiquities Collections in Hong Kong, 2002-2005
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