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Rhino horn cup expected to star at 888 Auctions, May 24

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Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 16:24

Chinese rhinoceros horn lotus cup, 17th/18th century. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Image courtesy 888 Auctions.

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario – 888 Auctions will present its Chinese Antiques & Asian Works of Art sale on Thursday, May 24, featuring traditional paintings, ceramics and bronze cloisonné pieces, jade and Tianhuang stone carvings and exceptional rhinoceros horn carvings. will provide Internet live bidding for the 480-lot auction, which will begin at 2 p.m. EDT.

A truly rare find can be found in 888 Auction’s first summer sale of the year at lot 268. Dating to the 17th or 18th century, the lotus cup is shaped in the form of a lotus pad and rests delicately on a signed horn carved pedestal base. Estimated at $5,000-$10,000, it is expected to garner the most attention in the sale.

Traditional scholarly items have found a niche in the market and 888 Auctions is proud to announce the inclusion of a rare and exceptional 19th century rhinoceros horn seal at lot 267. The rhinoceros horn seal, ensconced and protected in a bronze case, is expected to command at least its estimate high of $2,000.

In addition to the highlighted rhinoceros horn carvings, lot 315 will provide an opportunity for Sino-Tibetan Buddhist figure collectors to find a Ming Dynasty Gilt Gold Medicine Buddha. Seated in vajrasana on a double lotus pedestal and the right and left hand in Bhumisparsha Mudra and Dhyana Mudra, respectively, the serene Medicine Buddha is expected to far exceed its $5,000-$7,500 estimate.

Other unique items showcased in the sale include a vintage 1980s French cognac Hennessy X.O. at lot 480 ($600-$800) and a Chinese Wuliangye wine circa 1970s at lot479 ($400-$600).

Preview will be held Tuesday, May 22, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Thursday, May 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For details visit or call 905-763-7201.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to


Chinese rhinoceros horn lotus cup, 17th/18th century. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Image courtesy 888 Auctions. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:07

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