A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 224Y
A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Sold for £144,000 (US$ 242,038) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th century
Carved as a simple scoop with a pointed end, all resembling a plain magnolia flower issuing from a tied cluster of four stems and small buds forming the handle and underside. 18cm (7in) wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance: acquired by a member of the family, a lieutenant in the British Royal Navy, whilst in China surveying rivers in the south of the country, circa 1810-12
    A private collection, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 1880s-1960s, and thence by descent to family members in England.

Saleroom notices

  • Pre-sale approval of worked item (EC Regulation 865/2006, Article 62(3)). Ref: 083-11 from Animal Health, where it is noted that this libation cup can be legally traded in the UK without the need for further CITES certification, and that Animal Health would likely grant a CITES re-export certificate for this item.
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