There are over a dozen lots of these prized stands and vase covers in the December Asian sale There are over a dozen lots of these prized stands and vase covers in the December Asian sale, from the same private collector. Three of the record-setting collection of five cups did not sell, and the two that did sold at the low end of their value estimates. Chairman of Sotheby's Asia Nicholas Chow confirmed the auction house would no longer offer rhino artifacts in the future. In any event, it is criminals who have benefited from the resulting craze. More than 7,100 animals have been killed over the past decade.
Now, our technologies of slaughter are even more potent, and the risks we pose to ourselves, the rest of the animal kingdom, and indeed the planet, are that much greater. Image source of rhinos featured in the antique ice-age paintings in the Chauvet Cave in southern France. The use of rhinoceros horns. Bidding was more equivocal at Tennants of Leyburn on March 22 when another 17th century example with some damage sold below hopes at £33,000 estimate £35,000-45,000 and a 19th century rhino horn carving estimated at a very punchy £65,000-75,000 failed to sell. What did or did not constitute a worked item with relation to animal horns and tusks is open to some interpretation. Girling also announced that Bonhams would join the likes of in barring rhino horn items from its auctions. They are entirely decorated with auspicious animals and longevity motifs.
The last Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam was killed. In Vietnam, rhinoceros horn is now more valuable than gold, and poachers are cashing in. Bonhams, a London-based auction house, announced on Friday that it would remove 21 lots of antique rhino horn items from a sale that was set to begin on Tuesday. Melissa Carr, a registered doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver, said rhinoceros horn is in the Chinese pharmacopoeia, which lists all the ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine. Selling and valuing online since 1997. Chairman of Sotheby's Asia Nicholas Chow confirmed the auction house would no longer offer rhino artifacts in the future.
They are entirely decorated with auspicious animals and longevity motifs. The trade in their horn has driven a rapid escalation in poaching since 2007, with more than 1,100 rhinos killed for their horn in Africa in 2017, compared to 60 in 2006. Most antiques raise no ethical issues beyond routine fair-business practices: The seller must be honest in advertising and describing the merchandise, and the buyer must negotiate in good faith and pay promptly. It is currently legal to trade antique ivory defined as pre-1947, i. What cannot be sold regardless of age are uncarved rhino horns including those mounted in silver as inkwells, clocks etc, or those mounted as big game trophies on or off shields.
Sacker Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D. Even the best-intentioned governments face myriad difficulties in curbing poaching. As of Saturday, Sotheby's announced it would withdraw the three rhino horn related lots from the sale in an e-mail statement. The auction, which was due to take place in Hong Kong next week, would have featured more than 20 antiques carved from rhino horn, including a vase, a hairpin, a pouring vessel and a variety of drinking cups. While previous restrictions surrounding the export of rhino horn have been discussed with trade bodies such as the British Art Market Federation prior to implementation, this measure was deliberately issued without consultation or warning to avoid the need for any 'grace period'.
Environmental groups warned even a small uptick in demand for trading in antique rhino horns, as well as pseudo-antique horns, would push rhinos closer to extinction. Though contemporary trade is universally frowned upon, documented antique examples of such horns are both acceptable and acclaimed. Domestic trade and use of the animal products would be allowed under 'special circumstances'. The number has doubled every year since, and 2012 seems likely to set another record. The top is decorated with calligraphy and inlays of mother-of- pearl and stones depicting musicians. Over the last week two renowned international auction houses have canceled upcoming sales of rhino horn artifacts, capitulating to mounting pressure and criticism from wildlife conservation groups who argue the legal sale of parts of endangered species promotes illegal poaching and rampant slaughter.
The attracted fewer bidders than anticipated. Both considered the horn to hold talismanic powers. We did not purchase any items for testing, nor intervene in any of the sales. The information below will be used to optimize the content and make ads across the network more relevant to you. The 300-year-old objects were undoubtedly the work of master artisans, and were made in a time when rhinoceros were more plentiful than they are today: Currently, there are only five surviving species of rhinoceros, and every one of them is threatened, some critically so, because of desire for their horns. Re-export permits for plant species such as Brazilian rosewood are priced at £59.
And 448 rhinoceros were poached in South Africa, which is a record number. Buying a horn cup for hundreds of thousands of dollars and then grinding it to dust simply does not make economic sense. However, a ban with exemptions on ivory is now proposed. Bonhams, which is headquartered in London, is considered among the world's oldest and largest fine art auction houses. The March 12 announcement restricted the export of rhino horn from countries within the European Union much further, extending to all items, whether or not they have been 'worked'. This is because rhinoceros-horn carving is an ancient art that is simply not practiced any longer; therefore, modern artisans have no desire for fresh rhinoceros horn. Animal protection and conservation charity Humane Society International on Tuesday called on Bonhams to cancel the upcoming sale, slamming the auctioneers as 'tone deaf' to global efforts to stop rhino poaching.
Buying a horn cup for hundreds of thousands of dollars and then grinding it to dust simply does not make economic sense. As demand has gone down in China, it has risen dramatically in Vietnam. Rhinos are an endangered species, and the sale of rhino horns has been banned in Canada since 1975, unless a seller can demonstrate the horn is older than that. An estimated 2,100 rhino horns were illegally exported from Africa to China and Vietnam in 2015, National Geographic. Unless something is carved and is an honest work of art, our days of selling these things are going. You can always change the information you share with us by editing your profile. MailOnline has reached out to Bonhams for further comment.