In a world that is struggling to tackle the dwindling numbers of endangered species, artefacts made of rhino horn may raise several eyebrows. At the same time, one cannot possibly miss the interest that serious collectors have in rhino horn antiques. However, given the decreasing rhino populations, several countries such as the United Kingdom have taken steps to cut down on sales of rhino horn antiques produced post 1947. That in itself has led to the rising value of rhino horn antiques from the pre-1947 period. A case in point is a rhino horn cup belonging to the Qing dynasty that is set to go under the hammer on 9 March.
This Qing dynasty rhino horn cup from China dates back to the 17th to 18th centuries. This particular piece will be going up on auction this month in Geneva, Switzerland. Take a closer look and admire the sheer craftsmanship that has gone into its creation. Five carved dragons climb up the handle of this 13 cm x 16 cm rhino horn cup. Tip it over, to find an additional two carved dragons within its inner walls.
The cup that is rooted in history is sure to find plenty of takers when it finally goes under the hammer. Consigned from the Swiss private collection, Qing dynasty enthusiasts are sure to make a grab for this exquisite piece that comes with a CHF estimate of between 10,000-15,000. It is expected that collectors will end up paying over $16,190 for this historical antique.