Rare rhino horn libation cup goes under the gavel in Maine Jan. 30

Rhino-horn libation cup, raft form with two figures, on zitan wood base. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia Auctioneers)

According to Woburn-based Jim Callahan, director of Asian Arts and a regular on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” since 1996, “Both of these treasures are exceptional and absolute rarities. I have been a student, connoisseur, and appraiser of fine Asian Arts for over 40 years and have never seen anything like the rhinoceros horn libation cup. Its form and subject until now were unknown. Read More +

The history of Japanese cloisonné

Meiji cloisonné

Although certain artists often exhibit characteristic techniques and motifs, no two pieces of Japanese cloisonné are exactly alike. Experts say prices range across the board from less than $200 for more commercial pieces up to the six-figure range for the most exceptional examples, however rare Japanese cloisonné remain underpriced in relation to the talent, training, effort and time required for their creation. Read More +

Asian, ancient, ethnographic works of art go live Oct. 9-24 on iGavel

Japanese-silver-Meiji-Period-iGavel-2012-Asian-Auction

Over 500 lots of Asian art and antiques, from antiquity through the 20th century, will be offered online Oct. 9-24, 2012. Led by expert and scholar Lark Mason, top sale highlights include a rare and important 18th century Chinese Imperial Zitan armchair, a 17th century Chinese landscape-decorated rhinoceros horn cup and an early 20th century large Chinese celadon jade vase and cover, which could bring $250,000 to $350,000. Read More +