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Lot #234
DepartmentCanes, Rules, Etc.
Low Estimate$50,000.00
High Estimate$100,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 24, 2019

Description

PAIR OF SCRIMSHAW WALRUS TUSKS BY N.S. FINNEY Second Half of the 19th Century
Both engraved with multiple derivative vignettes of women, mostly nudes, and signed on obverses Engraved - by - N.S. Finney S.F. Cal." One tusk depicts from tip to base a girl in a tutu, a seated woman, a standing Andromeda in chains, and a cherub embracing a standing woman. Other tusk depicts a woman emerging from a flower blossom, a woman in her boudoir, a standing woman, and a reclining woman attended by Cupid. Interspersed between vignettes are images of cherubs, kissing doves and pierced hearts. Both tusks with identical foliate band at base. Mounted on round wooden bases. Overall heights including bases approx. 25.5".
The Collection of Sam and Donna McDowell."

Condition

Typical age lines. One base needs to be tightened.

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