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Temp #45
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$18,000.00
High Estimate$25,000.00
Last UpdatedMarch 8, 2019

Description

PAIR OF POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING THE WHALESHIP LINDSEYS OF SYDNEY Australian Circa 1845
One tooth depicts a starboard bow-quarter view of two full-rigged ships sailing in tandem, the near ship flying a British red ensign off the stern and a red pennant from the central mast. The other tooth depicts a larboard bow-quarter view of a bark under plain sail passing a coast, probably Manley, NSW. The bark is flying a British red ensign off the stern and a pennant with illegible lettering from the central mast. Additional sailing vessels are visible along the coastline. Titled below scene Whaling Barge Lindseys of Sydney. Leaving the Heads on a Cruise. 1845." Signed "J Robinson". Extensive use of polychrome in shades of black, brown, red and blue. The lapping blue waves, the billowing sails and the position of the ships provide a wonderfully dynamic sense of motion. Lengths 6.75".
A similar pair, undoubtedly by the same hand, was sold at Eldred's, November 21-23, 2013, Lot #597.
Provenance:
Laurence Langford, Langford's Marine Antiques, London, July 1996.
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