300 Year Old Rhinoceros Horn Cup Headlines 888 Auctions Chinese Antiques & Asian Works of Art

Richmond Hill, Ont – 888 Auctions is proud to present its Chinese Antiques & Asian Works of Art sale on 24 May 2012 featuring traditional paintings, ceramics and bronze cloisonné pieces, jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, and exceptional rhinoceros horn carvings.

A truly rare find can be found in 888 Auction’s first summer sale of the year at Lot 268. Dating back 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 to 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 1980’s French Cognac Hennessy X.O. at Lot 480 ($600-800) and a Chinese Wuliangye Wine Circa 1970’s at Lot 479 ($400-600).

With such a diverse collection of fine art paintings, ceramics, bronze ware, and horn carvings, Chinese Antiques & Asian Works of Art promises to deliver in a big way with the start of the summer auction season.

Preview will be held Tuesday, May 22nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, May 24th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For details visit www.888auctions.com or call 905.763.7201.