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The Marine Sale

October 15, 2016

Lot #9
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$45,000.00(hammer price)
 $54,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedOctober 17, 2016

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH BY THE LADY WELLINGTON ENGRAVER First Half of the 19th Century
Tip of tooth with highly unusual depiction of the face of a fish, including eyes and mouth. Obverse titled Whaling" and depicts a whaleship, three whaleboats and four whales, one of which is being waifed. Deeply carved whaleboats and whaleship hull. Reverse titled "At Anchor" and depicts a whaleship flying the British flag and a hilly coastline in the distance. Two whaleboats are returning to the ship from the shore. Deeply carved whaleboats, whaleship hull and spars. Wide band of a beautifully executed floral design wraps around circumference of base. Berry and foliate vine encircles tip. Length 6.75".
Note: Figure 47 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

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