Rare rhino horn libation cup to be re-offered at Elite Decorative Arts, June 23-24 A weekend auction packed with Chinese carvings and works of art, porcelain, artwork and decorative arts will be held June 23-24 by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm's gallery in Boynton Beach, Fla.
The other is a massive hand-carved coral figure depicting Quan Yin, with four birds.
Two other red coral group figures are expected to bring $30,000-$40,000. One depicts Quan Yin, with deer, birds, bamboo trees and flowers. It is finely carved throughout and stands 6 ¾ inches tall, weighing 691 grams. The other depicts a maiden holding a lantern and a fan, with two children to her upper and a young girl under them. It is 8 ¾ inches tall and 1,370 grams.
Also sold at the June 24 session will be a Chinese Ming Dynasty olive glazed pottery vase having a raised design depicting dragons and flora throughout and six rings to the shoulder, with mask design (est. $12,000-$18,000); and a Chinese Cultural Revolution-era hand-carved polychromed ivory group figure of a woman and young child on a stool (est. $6,000-$8,000).
The June 23 session will be somewhat more free-wheeling with the star lots drawn from several different categories. One expected standout is a late 19th century Victorian-style standard grade burled walnut Wooten patent desk, with bronze hardware (est. $10,000-$15,000). The circa 1890 desk is 72 inches wide by 42 inches wide and has several letter slots and a letter box.
Artwork will feature a drawing on paper by James Abbott McNeil Whistler (Am., 1834-1903), of a man and a young girl, 7 ½ inches by 10 ½ inches, framed and matted (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a photogravure by Robert Mapplethorpe (Am., 1946-1989), titled Orchid, of an orchid on a black background, signed and dated, Edition No. 22/27 (est. $8,000-$10,000).
Also sold June 23 will be an 18kt white gold and 2.53-carat diamond bridal ring set, an engagement ring featuring a modern brilliant cut round diamond of VS2 clarity and J color and weighing exactly 1.39 carats (est. $5,000-$10,000). On either side of the center stone is a .25-carat modern brilliant cut diamond. The size 7 ring has a written appraised value of $10,750.
Elite Decorative Arts’ next big sales after this one will be decorative arts auctions slated for July 21 and August 18, also in the firm’s Boynton Beach showroom. Quality consignments are still being accepted. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893), or toll-free at (800) 991-3340; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the upcoming calendar of events, to include an online catalog of the June 23-24 auction, please log on to www.eliteauction.com.