Ivory retains its illicit charm at Adam’s sale

Despite the controversy surrounding ivory products, they are still a popular item at auction

9th April, 2017
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An American eagle carving with the motto ‘E Pluribus Unum’ (out of many, one)

Going under the hammer today at Adam’s is an exquisite 19th-century Chinese ivory basket carved by a master and expected to fetch €2,000-€3,000. The hottest of hot potatoes, ivory is the subject of the most contentious debate the antiques trade has seen in decades.

At present, it is legal to trade ivory artefacts provided that they were made prior to 1947, but there is a strong lobby for a total ban...

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