The Guardian - 5 May 2017

The Guardian

5 May 2017
Maev Kennedy


Curious collection claims to show proof of unicorns

The art dealer Oliver Hoare believes in unicorns and is providing a wealth of material and documentary evidence at an exhibition that he believes should convince any sceptic.

He rejects the idea that the fabulous objects making up his collection, including a walking stick “made of unicorn horn” and a silver-tipped specimen dating from the 16th century, are merely the tusks of narwhals: “It is axiomatic that you cannot perceive something in which you do not believe.”

In the exhibition, which opened yesterday in Sir John Lavery’s former painting studio in London, there are sculptures, seals and engravings representing unicorns across millennia.

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