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Lot #11
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$8,000.00(hammer price)
 $9,600.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019

Description

PAIR OF SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH WITH WALRUS IVORY AND WHALEBONE STAND Mid-19th Century
Both teeth with bust portraits of gentlemen, one of a man in uniform identified in script lettering as Napoleon" and the other in jacket and stock, identified in similar script lettering as "W.C. ..." (chips at base obscure full name). Both portraits with delicate floral and foliate surrounds. Two-tier whalebone stand with ball feet and turned whale ivory spikes at the corners of the top tier. Stand topped with a turned walrus ivory column set on a square plinth with ebony separators. Whalebone arms extend from stand to support teeth. Overall height 8.5". Width 10". Teeth lengths approx. 6.5".
Provenance:
James Abbe.
The Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's New York, December 16-17, 1983, Lot #489.
Rafael Osona Auctions, The Barbara Johnson Collection of Scrimshaw and Whaling Artifacts, August 14, 1993, Lot #92.
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Condition

Chips and age cracks at base of both teeth. Some age lines at tips of tooth and throughout walrus ivory column.

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