Rhino horn libation cup expected to top Asian art sale on December 11



2015-06-26 13:05:08

Rhino horn libation cup expected to top Asian art sale on December 11

The 17th century, museum quality rhino horn libation cup carries a $30,000 estimate

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Saturday 8December 2012

An exceptionalrhino horn libation cup, which has been carved to resemble an open magnolia blossom, is to sell online amidst a myriad of fine Asian art on December 11.

The unusual, claret coloured cup is believed to date back to the 17th century and carries a highestimate of $30,000 due its age, good condition, the rarity of any equivalent and the very high quality of the carving.

A rhino liberation cup will auction in December. The cup is decorated with chilong dragons and flower petals as well as an intricate fretwork of lychee branches.

The traditional Chinese custom of imbuing plants and flowers with meaning extended to the decorative arts, in which flowers, fruits and trees might stand for various aspects of life. The magnolia blossom is thought to symbolise a beautiful woman, while the fretwork of lychee branches which adorn the sides of the cup are believed to represent good fortune.

A similar, larger rhino horn cup sold in June for $70,200. It also carried a $30,000 high estimate, which suggests the cup in question may sell for significantly more than its valuation.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we have previously reported on comparable items, including a spectacularly beautiful rhino horn libation cup which sold for $130,000 in Beverly Hills in June 2012, proving the buoyancy of the market.

For more information on capitalising on this market, please visit our investing in art and photography page.

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