Bobby Mann is offering
another of his All Day Hands
Ivory ID Workshops on
Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
About Bobby Mann:
William R. (Bobby) Mann, GG, PG, is a
unusual ivories tusks, teeth, skulls as well as natural and
He has the largest collection of natural ivories,
natural and manufactured
look-alikes available for hands-on teaching. He is
co-founder of the International
Ivory Society (1996). Since 1996 he has been
teaching ivory identification
through his talks, seminars and hands-on
workshops. He is also the
manufacturer of Ivory I.D. comparison kits. He is a
(GG) Graduate Gemologist
(GIA) (1982), a (PG) Professional Gemologist
Columbia School of Gemology
(1983) and ivory identification specialist.
Formally retired as Captain of the
Washington DC Fire Department after 28
years service, he is also past president
of the National Capital Area Chapter
of the International Society of Appraisers
and president of the Washington,
DC Chapter of the Gemological Institute of
Ivory Identification Workshop
Sunday, October 13th,
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This will be an All Day, Hands-On Workshop
featuring an extensive slide program and
each student will be provided with
an illustrated workbook to follow along and take
You will learn the
key identifying characteristics of the following ivories and ivory
and how to identify them through non-destructive testing
Ivories: Elephant, Mammoth, Walrus, Hippo, Whale,
Narwhal, Warthog, Boar, Seal and
Elk. You will also see rare examples of
Babirusa and Dugong. Natural Ivory Substitutes:
Bone, Antler, Vegetable
Ivory, Hornbill Ivory, as well as other not as convincing
examples of Shell,
Coral, Meerschaum, Ivoryite, Chalcedony and Amber. Manufactured
Substitutes: Celluloid and Polymer/Plastics.
There will be a Black Light
Demonstration (LWUV Long Wave Ultraviolet) so each
student can see the
different reaction each material has to the light source. The following
be helpful to bring but not necessary: 3X loupe or hand-held magnifier, 10X
and an optivisor.
Participants are encouraged to bring Show &
Tell and unknowns from their collections.
These will be discussed during the
lunch break. Please, bring your own lunch,.
Class Location: at the home of
Bobby Mann 4111 Rocky Mount Drive Temple Hills
Mann for registration or more information (301) 894-
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UP EARLY, CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED
ELEPHANTS’ MOUTHS, AN ILLICIT TRAIL TO CHINA - PART 2
opened in 1898, the Old Phoenix Auspicious Jade and Ivory Carving Company in
Shanghai is a tradition-bound shrine to China ’s newfound prosperity. Its
shelves bulge with cabbage-shaped jade carvings and coral broaches, though
customers mostly come for the blindingly white array of ivory bookmarks,
chopsticks and idols. In one corner, spotlights illuminate a large tusk carved
into a 360-degree-panorama of pagodas, palm trees and robed scholars. The price:
more than a dozen carvers in blue uniforms hunch silently over desks as they
whittle away at pieces of polished tusk. Most were hired fresh out of art school
after the stockpile sale in 2008. The scene deeply satisfies Zhou Bai, 58, a
master carver who first learned to carve ivory at 17.
ban was passed in ’89, I was sad this art would die with me,” said Mr. Zhou, who
was busy turning a three-foot-long tusk into a fanciful temple surrounded by
clouds. “But now we have the opportunity to keep it alive.”
carving comes with a government issued-certificate that includes a serial
number; items over 50 grams must have a photo ID. But conservationists say the
system has been widely corrupted.
example, the white ivory shavings that piled up below Mr. Zhou’s carved tusk.
Asked about what became of the highly prized powder, Mr. Zhou said it was
regularly collected by local forestry department employees, who sell it for use
as a traditional Chinese elixir believed to fight cancer. The State Forestry
Administration, however, denied that its employees have anything to do with the
the company’s general manager, pointed to a gold plaque on the wall as proof
that all his ivory comes from the state. The license, he said, also gives his
customers peace of mind. “All our ivory fell off elephants after they died, so
it’s ethical,” he said. “If the tusks were just left to rot, it would be such a
registration certificates have themselves become valuable commodities in the
ivory-laundering business, according to a 2011 investigation by the
International Fund for Animal Welfare. Vendors have been found reusing
identification certificates or selling them to unlicensed dealers. The owner of
one formerly illegal carving factory told investigators he paid about $321,000
for a license, which is officially free of charge.
Forestry Administration, which oversees the legal ivory trade, says it expels
about three vendors each year for breaking the rules. Since the ivory ban was
rescinded, the number of licensed businesses has risen to 37 carving factories
and 145 shops.
have prices. At the auction in 2008, the state-owned enterprises paid $71 a
pound, then immediately flipped their first quota from their ivory purchases to
factories for up to $530 a pound. Today, raw ivory costs more than $1,300 a
pound. Just how much illegal ivory has crept into the country is a matter of
dispute, but wildlife organizations say there is not nearly enough legal supply
to match the amount officially sold across China . “If you look at the volume on
the market, it’s nonsense,” said Mary Rice, executive director of the
Investigation Agency, which estimates that up to 90 percent of the
ivory in China is illegal.
Conservation group investigators say licensed factories often supplement
official purchases with smuggled ivory, sometimes by adding illegal pieces to
legitimate carvings. One factory owner privately acknowledged that the 330
pounds of legal ivory he acquires annually lasts just one month. The rest, he
said, is bought on the black market.
conservationists, the open sale of contraband ivory is just as vexing. At the
Chengtian antiques market in Beijing , eight stalls sold unregistered ivory
carvings. Fingering a cream-colored Buddha pendant he was selling for about
$800, the vendor explained how to hide it from the authorities. “Just wear it
around your neck,” he said. “No need for a certificate.”
if they were afraid of being arrested, the vendors confided that, much like
sellers of pirated DVDs and books, they receive ample warning before the rare
police crackdown. “As long as we dare to sell, it’s safe for you to buy,” one
FROM ELEPHANTS’ MOUTHS, AN
ILLICIT TRAIL TO CHINA- PART 1: Chinese investors have
anointed it “white gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “organic
gemstone.” Smugglers, however, use a gruesomely straightforward name for the
recently harvested African elephant tusks that find their way to this remote
trading outpost on the Vietnamese border.
“We call them bloody teeth,” said Xing, a furniture maker
and ivory trafficker who is part of a shadowy trade that has revived calls for a
total international ban on ivory sales.
outrage of conservation groups trying to stop the slaughter of African elephants
and the embarrassment of Chinese law enforcement agencies, Xing’s thriving ivory
business is just one drop in a trail of blood that stretches from Africa, by
air, sea and highway, to Chinese showrooms and private collections.
Chinese hold the key to the elephants’ future,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton,
founder of Save the Elephants.
“If things continue the way they are, many countries could lose their elephants
the Chinese government is not doing enough to stem the illicit ivory trade,
which has exploded in the five years since conservationists and governments
agreed to a program of limited ivory sales intended to stifle poaching and
revive a centuries-old handicraft. Since the beginning of 2012, more than 32,000
elephants have been illegally killed, according to the Born Free
Foundation, a wildlife organization, and conservationists say the
majority of ivory sold in China , which sells for more than $1,300 a pound on
the black market, is of questionable origin.
ivory sales have been a boon to carvers and brokers, who have helped fuel the
demand for ever greater supplies. But those who investigate the trade in China
say the skyrocketing sales — and the incentive for poaching — can be tied to a
combination of incompetence by law enforcement and official corruption,
especially by the military.
way to save the African elephant, conservationists say, is to outlaw the sale of
clandestine nature of ivory smuggling makes it difficult to fully map out,
experts say Africa’s elephants are being slaughtered at the highest rate in two
decades, largely to satisfy soaring demand among China ’s growing middle class.
“ China is clearly driving the illegal ivory trade more than any other nation on
earth,” said Tom Milliken, an elephant expert with the wildlife trade-monitoring
meant to turn out differently. In 1989, the United Nations-backed Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites, banned the sale of ivory in
an effort to stop what conservationists say was an elephant “holocaust.”
herds recovered, Cites officials in 2008 agreed to a contentious one-time
auction of stockpiled African ivory to Japan and China , with the money going
toward wildlife conservation. As part of the arrangement, the Chinese government
introduced a complex documentation system to track every trinket and carving
produced from the 68 tons of auctioned ivory it won. Supporters hoped a flood of
cheap, regulated ivory would undercut the illegal trade, saving more elephants.
however, has proved to be a colossal failure. Like the forest canopy that
protects poachers from detection, the regulated ivory trade has provided
unscrupulous Chinese carvers and collectors with the ideal legal camouflage to
buy and sell contraband tusks.
wrong from the start, and wildlife groups say the Chinese government is partly
obtaining the auctioned ivory at artificially low prices, state enterprises in
China began selling limited amounts to carving factories for up to eight times
the winning bid. Instead of smothering the sale of illicit ivory, the spike in
prices made poaching even more attractive.
for example, auctioned ivory fetched about $94 million, double the previous
year’s total, according to the China Association of Auctioneers. “Buyers
wouldn’t even take home the carvings they bought before putting them up for bid
again,” said an employee with a major Beijing auction house who asked for
anonymity because of the sensitivities involved.
the Chinese government in 2011 barred auction houses from selling ivory, sales
continue — as does the bloodshed.
has been more than a while, and its time to "catch you up."
Jo and I are
settled in, and having a great time immersing ourselves in Columbia , South
Carolina ... Jo is very busy with creative writing, in three classes and
workshops, and I with scrimshaw and - surprise - oil painting, having done four
canvases since late last year. I have my work in two Galleries here, as well as
two on the North Carolina Outer Banks. I'm delighted to be in the ARTIZAN
Gallery, www.artizansc.com in downtown Columbia , and as a guest
artist for three months at Village Artists www.thevillageartists.com at the Sandhills Shopping
Center in Northeast Columbia . I am in the process of getting elected president
of the Log Cabin Art Guild; this honor will happen on April 10, barring an
unanticipated surprise. I won two ribbons at their annual juried show this last
month. I also just finished teaching an eight week Drawing and Sketching class
here at Wildewood Downs, its always a delight to see what the "I can't draw"
group actually accomplishes.
We walk two
miles a day with our Springers, do aerobics and cardio, and are involved in
several other activities in the "hood" that make the weeks just fly by. There
are so many wonderful local discoveries yet to be made, and I look forward to
sharing news about them more often. Honest!
I hope this
blog finds all of you well, and let me hear from you with any comments. I will -
a long overdue task - be revamping my website, so look for changes
very much for your business and interest in the past, and I am delighted to be
in touch with you once again. I'm not doing the road shows any more, at least
not to the extent I did, so I'm working on commissions now, "Special Work for
Special People" and keeping the galleries supplied with my Original American Art
And I'd love
to make another scrimshaw just for you! Pete Driscoll
ELEPHANT POACHING ‘RISING’ IN CENTRAL AFRICAN
REPUBLIC : Eight organizations
have called for action following reports of elephant meat being sold openly in
markets. Armed rebels seized power and ousted President Francois Bozize in March
after a peace deal collapsed.
Wildlife park staff say the security situation is
preventing them from searching forests for animal carcasses. The World Wildlife
Fund (WWF) said its offices in the protected Dzanga-Sangha area had been looted
three times in the past month and it had pulled out workers.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been home to an
estimated 3,400 forest elephants, which are smaller than those on the African
savannahs. But a recent study, lead by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),
showed forest elephant numbers had decreased by 62% across Central Africa over
the last 10 years.
The WCS met with seven other groups, including the
WWF and the African Parks Network, on Friday to propose ways for governments to
tackle the problem. They said penalties should be increased and better links
built with consumer countries such as China and Thailand .
It is not known how many elephants have died in the
recent spate of killings, which are believed to be part of a wider surge in
poaching fuelled by growing Asian demand for ivory.
"Elephant poaching is on the increase and given the
fact that Central African Republic for the moment is also in dire straits we are
fearing for the worst in terms of people trying to look seriously for ivory,"
said Bas Huijbregts, head of policy for WWF's campaign against poaching in
Central Africa .
"Given the total absence of any type of law
enforcement and rule of law in the area, there is elephant meat all over the
place," he told the Associated Press. Representatives from the region's
governments are understood to meeting next week to discuss the
ALBERT LEVY AUCTION- MAY 5, 2013: I attended
this auction at his mail showroom on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach , FL.
Lots of nice items including a $10,000 Dale Chihuly
glass work; a $15,000 chess set; a $25,000 pair of French pistols circa 1840; a
$25,000 black crocodile “Kelly” bag; a $10,000 Marc Chagal signed lithograph,
and a $18,000 Yabu Meizan Satsuma vase.
There was also a nice selection of ivories. This
included a $12,000 continental carved Olyphant 52” long; a $2,200 13 ½” Japanese
carved figure of a woman; a $3,700 10 ¼” Japanese carved samurai; and a $375 4
¾” Japanese carved grouping. There were lots more ivories in the second session,
but I was unable to stay due to other commitments.
Thank for let me joining your society. I allow me to send you a list of some
nice ivory carvings and attach two pictures of a beautiful carved ivory Spanish
gentleman (about 23 cm). This list is in German, I prepared it for German clients.
The price is indicated below the picture with PREIS. If you
like to get more information about this objects or you know somebody who could
be interested into, I will see to organize all with all documents from Europe
especially the CITES documents. Florian
Bertolini Antiquitätenhändler für Elfenbein email@example.com
IVORY THIEF HACKS OFF TUSK
FROM LOUIS XIV's ELEPHANT IN CHAINSAW ATTACK AT PARIS MUSEUM:
of an elephant that belonged to Louis XIV has been attacked by a man with a
chainsaw who hacked off its left tusk.
A 20-year-old man was caught carrying the tusk over his shoulder after
escaping over a wall from the Museum
of Natural History in Paris on Friday night. He
was taken to hospital with a fractured ankle and was being questioned by
Police found the chainsaw still whirring inside the museum, left behind by
the thief. It is not known if he planned to sell the 6.5lb tusk, but he told
detectives he was interested in its valuable ivory and did not attack because
he wanted to vandalize the museum.
The target of the attack, an African elephant skeleton, was given to the
Sun King by Portugal's
king in 1668. It lived in the zoo at the Palace of Versailles
for 13 years until its death, when its skeleton became part of the natural
The tusks of the skeleton were added in the 19th century but are still
historically and scientifically valuable.
The museum opened as usual on Saturday but the damaged skeleton was covered
in plastic wrapping while repair work began. Museum restorer Jacques Cuisin
told the Daily Telegraph: 'The skull is in excellent condition, which means
repairing it will be quite easy.'
ELEPHANT PHOTO: AMAZING!!!
COMMENTS: IIS member
HARVEY SILK sent in these comments regarding
the ivories offered at Albert Levy’s auction.
In Sweden , It is
possible to see every week three different major antique roadshows on
television. The Swedish, the English, and the American. Not only do you see the
national influences in the English and Swedish styles, but there are tremendous
differences in the estimated values. The antique dealers are quick to use such
interesting terms as: insurance value, price and a major gallery, replacement
cost, and so on....
At the same time there are some American television
shows about major pawnbrokers. Again there appeared appears to be huge
differences between the estimated value and the price that the pawnbroker
As a relatively informed collector, there are some ideas about
prices and availability of exceptional pieces. The situation in Europe is very
difficult because of the extreme aggressiveness of the civil servants charged
with protecting wildlife and the CITIS treaties. Many auction houses absolutely
refused to touch anything made out of natural materials.....
It is almost
impossible to find a piece of Intuit walrus carving, narwhal, horn, Marine
ivory, or elephant ivory at an auction or antique fair.
forward of the auction company offering a major collection of large, undated,
quality European pieces was amazing. Practically inconceivable.
Any one of the items deserved a colored picture on the front page of the
auction catalog. Two of these items in one sale, would cause a European
auctioneer to describe the sale as a major auction of important ivory pieces. To
have so many important pieces in one collection is quite amazing. Respect to the
individual to put this collection together.
That the auctioneer expects
as a minimum bid a quarter of $1 million for the collection, it is difficult to
understand why he didn't break it up into individual lots...
It used to
be that I was kept awake at night questioning the differences between antiques
in various countries. Now, the question is going to be "just how many collectors
are walking around with at least $250,000 plus commission" looking for a
Thank you for the vivid and graphic explanation about the
life of the ivory collector in America . That one page in the auction catalog
did assist in understanding your report about the recent antique show with
pieces in the $45,000 price range.
Many thanks for showing us how the
other half actually lives.
EDITORS NOTE: I went to this auction on March
30th. The ivories were every bit as spectacular as advertised. Sold
as a group of 11, the bidding started at $300,000 and closed at $400,000 plus
20% buyer’s premium. I didn’t feel that the buyer overpaid, I thought it
reasonable for anyone with this amount of money to spend on ivories. Other
ivories that sold included two Japanese groupings $3,000 each; a pair of
polychrome wrist rests at $3,000; a pair of Chinese polychrome 10” figures at
$6,500; and a Chinese pierced flower basket at $3,750.
ANOTHER KIND OF
POACHING: A man broke into the Paris
natural history museum early Saturday and used a chainsaw to hack off the tusk
of an elephant that belonged to King Louis XIV of France , officials said.
Police arrested the man in a nearby street as he was making his escape
and recovered the three-kilogram (seven-pound) tusk, museum workers said.
The elephant whose skeleton is preserved in the popular museum was given
as a gift in 1668 by the king of Portugal to Louis XIV, who was also known as
the Sun King.
The animal's tusks are not the original ones but were
added to the skeleton in the 19th century.
Police made no immediate
comment about why the man tried to steal the tusk but the incident comes amid a
series of thefts in recent years of ivory from European museums and zoos.
The international trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has
been outlawed since 1989 after elephant populations in Africa dropped from
millions in the mid-20th century to some 600,000 by the end of the 1980s.
Yet poachers continue to slaughter elephants to lay their hands on their
precious ivory and the illegal trade in the white gold continues to boom.
Thanks to Bobby
Mann for sharing this information.
WHALE OF A
FIND: A New Hampshire fisherman
has discovered whale vertebrae, porpoise skulls and an old fuel tank that he
thought was a treasure chest. Now, he may have hit the big time: a possible
mammoth tooth. Mike Anderson of Rye was fishing
for scallops near Rye
Harbor on Tuesday when he winched up the dredge he trawls
behind his boat and noticed a 6-inch, triangular object amid the scallop shells
and rocks. "We knew right off it was a tooth because it has a nerve at the
top," he told the Portsmouth Herald
Will Clyde, a University of New Hampshire associate professor of geology, said it may be a
fossilized mammoth tooth. He said mammoth and mastodon bones have been dragged
up before in nearby waters, although they're more commonly found in the western
and southern parts of the country. He wants to take a closer look, he told Anderson's co-worker, Shane
Nichols, in an email. But closer examination will have to wait. Clyde is in Argentina
on sabbatical until June.
Anderson said he pulled the odd object
from a depth of about 120 feet about eight miles south of the harbor. He said
it was the weirdest thing he has ever snared, although previous finds include
whale vertebrae and porpoise skulls. He also has found the body of a drowned
said he would really like to find a tusk next.
PRIME MINISTER PROMISES TO END THAILAND’S IVORY TRADE: Thanks to IIS member GODFREY HARRIS for bringing this to our
The prime minister of Thailand
pledged Sunday to end the nation’s ivory trade, responding to growing calls
from international wildlife groups desperate to stop the slaughter of African
elephants. In a speech at the opening of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species conference in Bangkok, the prime minister, Yingluck
Shinawatra, promised to amend the kingdom’s laws, which critics say include
loopholes that have allowed smugglers to ferry African tusks to Thai markets
and onward, often to China, the world’s top destination for
illegal ivory. Thailand
is believed to be the second-biggest market for illicit elephant tusks.
“We will work towards amending the national legislation with the goal of
putting an end to ivory trade and to be in line with international norms,” Ms.
Yingluck said. “This will help protect all forms of elephants, including Thailand’s wild and domestic elephants and those
The announcement, which pleased environmentalists, places additional
pressure on China
to halt its legal ivory trade, a thriving industry that experts say has helped
fuel the highest rate of African elephant poaching in decades.
Since the beginning of 2012, conservationists say, more than 32,000
elephants have been killed by poachers. Although some of the ivory ends up in Thailand, much of it is smuggled to China,
where it is carved into the figurines, chopsticks and other trinkets coveted by
that country’s newly affluent consumers. Animal rights groups have accused the
Chinese government of failing to stem the surge in illegal ivory, a charge that
Changing Thai law, which currently violates international rules set by the
convention, would also remove the threat of trade sanctions against Thailand
that have been sought by conservation groups.
Ms. Yingluck did not give a timeline for amending the legislation, a point
of concern for conservationists, who note that Thailand has been promising to
change its laws for several years, to little effect.
“I’m not opening the Champagne
yet,” said Mary Rice, executive director of the independent Environmental
Investigation Agency. Ms. Rice, who is attending the conference, also
criticized the ambiguity of Ms. Yingluck’s promise, which did little to clarify
whether the proposed ban would halt both international trade and domestic
Thai law currently allows for the sale of ivory from domesticated local
elephants, one of the loopholes that critics say has given smugglers ample
legal cover for laundering poached African ivory into Thailand and beyond.
Before the conference, conservation groups, including the World Wildlife
Fund and the trade monitoring agency Traffic, urged the convention to punish Thailand, along with Nigeria and the Democratic Republic
of Congo, for not doing enough to stem illegal ivory trading.
But other groups cited the absence of China
from this list as proof that politics had contaminated efforts to save Africa’s herds. “The whole issue of what’s happening in China
is the elephant in the room,” Ms. Rice said.
ELEPHANTS HAVE A SPECIFIC SOUND FOR
WARNING EACH OTHETR ABOUT BEES: Thanks to Mary Loose DeViney
for sharing this information.
African elephants are so afraid of
bees that they use a specific, rumbling sound to warn each other about them.
Researchers found that they'll make the sound even in response to a recording of
bees, and that other elephants react to the warning rumble even if they don't
hear any bees. Scientists aren't sure if the sound is used to warn against other
threats as well. Elephants also have sounds associated with greeting each other,
telling each other it's time to move to a different place, and indicating
that they're ready to mate.
UGANDSA- ASIAN RELIGIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR AFRICAN ELEPHANT MASSACRES:
The massacre of African elephants
that have been going on in Africa for decades and have escalated to record
levels over the last 30 years have been linked to religious practices on the
This alarming rate, according to
the Society for Conservation Biology--a global community of conservation
professionals-- can be traced to the demand for ivory for religious artifacts,
trinkets, and other purposes in Asia , which, if unchecked, could reduce the
African elephant to small isolated populations, some of which will disappear
altogether over the next two to three decades.
However, in addition to the
ethical concerns raised by the possible extinction of elephant populations or
species, the ivory trade is associated with considerable bloodshed for humans as
well as elephants.
According to a statement
released by the Society for Conservation Biology on Jan.24, the market demand
for elephant ivory is very big in The Philippines, Thailand and China
Estimates show that more than
25,000 elephants are poached annually in the African continent mostly coming
from Central Africa --a region rife with violence some time resulting from the
For many Filipino Catholics, the
use of ivory is believed to reflect one's level of adoration of and piety to God
and although fiberglass and wood are substitutable materials, ivory is most
preferred because the monetary investment in a statue is considered a measure of
In Thailand , Malaysia and
Singapore , a parallel belief is held among Budhist followers regarding the use
of ivory-crafted amulets blessed by Budhist monks. The use of these amulets is
believed to bring luck and protection against black magic.
In China , ivory statues are
seen as a financial investment since ivory is considered a more precious
material than gold.
Ivory is also channeled into
Last year, there was a seizure
of more than US$ 2m worth of illicit ivory items. The ivory which finds its way
into the US market is used to make small jewellery, animal statues and carved
tusks, although Asia takes a larger share of the demand for ivory.
But the key concern for the
Society for Conservation Biology is that elephants are not the only casualties
from illegal ivory trade.
In conflict zones where
anti-poaching campaigns are launched, especially in Central Africa , hundreds of
people have been killed as a result of fighting between poachers and park
Ivory has been reported to be
financing local conflicts, and could be financing international terrorism groups
like that Al Qaeda, and Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
The conservation NGO is
encouraging religious leaders in these Asian countries to issue public
statements on the severity of the ivory trade and the direct and negative impact
that the religious use of ivory has on elephant populations and local
communities and where appropriate on the relevant teachings of the religious,
such as teachings concerning practicing stewardship of creation.
NEW TV DOCUMENTARY:
I watched a new
program on my local Public Service Channel. It was entitled BATTLE FOR THE
ELEPHANTS. If you can locate it in your area, I highly recommend its
There are two reporters, one in Africa and one
in China , looking at the impact of the new insatiable appetite in China for
ivory carvings and its effect on the elephant population. Much is
similar to the work being done by IIS members Esmond Martin and Daniel
For me the most interesting part was seeing the
newly carved Chinese ivories (masterworks) and learning that 84% of Chinese
polled expected to purchase ivory in the future. Prices for the better carvings
were in the $100,000- $1,000,000 range. One collector interviewed expressed the
thought that the elephants die happy, knowing that their tusks will be made into
The future is not bright if this
THE FINAL ANTIQUE SHOW OF THE WINTER
SEASOIN: The 4th and
final show in South Florida that I was able to
attend, was the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show. High end with emphasis on jewelry and
paintings, not a lot of ivory, and what there was to be seen was of excellent
quality, but expensive.
is a very large Oliphant at $75,000 from PETER FINER of London, England.
here are three tankards from M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, LA. The two
larger are in the $35,000-$38,000 range.
finally, a sampling of ivories by IIS member Albert Levy.
NOAH’S FIRST ATTEMPT-
O. Byrne, Consultant Architectural