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Lot #139
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$3,000.00
High Estimate$5,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 24, 2019

Description

PAIR OF SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH DEPICTING A SAILOR'S FAREWELL AND RETURN Mid-19th Century
Both teeth with wonderfully detailed scenes that wrap around the circumference. One depicting the sailor's farewell shows a sailor saying goodbye to his wife and small child, while another sailor stands in a punt, poised to deliver him to the brig anchored in the harbor. Two small birds fly above the lighthouse located at the mouth of the harbor, and a woman is carrying two buckets near the town well. The other tooth, depicting the sailor's return, shows the sailor walking with outstretched arms toward his wife and visibly older child, while the family dog races to greet him. Above them flies two birds, and the same brig is again anchored in the harbor. On both teeth, an American flag flies off the brig's stern. While the topography of the surrounding hilly landscape remains the same, the town's architecture differs between the two teeth, as if to show the growth and financial prosperity of the town during the sailor's absence. In the scene of the sailor's farewell, the houses are small and the town appears mostly agrarian, but in the scene of the sailor's return the houses are larger and more elegant, and the distant hill is topped with a windmill. Lengths approx. 7.75.
Provenance:
Joseph Vallejo, Newport Beach, California.

The Collection of Sam and Donna McDowell.
This item is not available for international delivery without CITES and other necessary permits. Obtaining these permits is the obligation of the buyer. Please be aware of current international and domestic regulations and bid accordingly."

Condition

Both with sizable cracks running nearly the length of the tooth. Some loss of ink.

This item will not be shipped internationally without a CITES permit. Obtaining CITES and any other necessary permits is the obligation of the buyer.

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