A rare rhinoceros horn magnolia cup, 17th century-18th century. Estimate US$ 120,000 – 150,000 (€97,000 – 120,000). Image: Courtesy of Bonhams.
Elegantly carved in the form of a yulan (magnolia) blossom with a crown of secondary flowers surrounding the central blossom, the network of stems tied up to form the base of the cup, the horn a rich honey color shading to a darker amber at the base, set into a conforming wood base. 7in (17.7cm) high
Provenance: The Walter O. Faulkner collection, donated to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society on January 3, 1942, recorded as inventory number 3966.
Sold Skinner, Boston, October 12, 2013, lot 185.
This is part of a powerful group of vessels carved to utilize the stems of the elegant cup as a drinking handle. See Chapman, Jan. The Art of Rhinoceros Horn carving in China, page 167, illustration 210.
This lot has been in the United States since January 3, 1942
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO