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Lot #1030
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$15,000.00(hammer price)
 $18,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedMay 2, 2017

Description

IMPORTANT POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH ATTRIBUTED TO MOSES DENNING First Half of the 19th Century
Obverse depicts a ship set with full sails flying an American flag and a deep red and blue pennant. Four birds, stars and a moon fill the sky above the ship. Reverse with a full-length portrait of a young woman in 1820s-style dress. She is wearing an elaborate comb in her hair, a black blouse with red shoulders, a long skirt with red cross-hatch design and a white apron. In her hands she is holding a black and red purse. Below the primary images on both the obverse and reverse are two potted plants with red flowers. Potted plants with long tendrils cover both edges of the tooth. Length 8.5.
Note: The engraving on this tooth is similar to a signed Denning example illustrated in Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved by Stuart M. Frank (Boston: David R. Godine with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 2012), fig. 4:3, p. 50.


Figure 42 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

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