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Temp #22
DepartmentCanes, Rules, Etc.
Low Estimate$7,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 9, 2019

Description

FINE WHALEBOEN CANE WITH WHALE IVORY HANDLE CARVED AS A CLENCHED FIST Mid-19th Century
Handle and faceted collar carved from a single piece of whale ivory. Detailed with a scalloped shirtsleeve cuff with red and black highlights simulating cuff links. Shaft carved from a single piece of whalebone with a deeply carved sawtooth pattern near cuff and sections of fluting and stop fluting separated by bands of shell and mother-of-pearl and inlay. One band of inlay in a harlequin pattern bisected by a ring of metal pique inlay. Other band of inlay in a dot pattern. Metal ferrule. Length 34.5.

Provenance:
The Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's New York, December 16-17, 1983, Lot #297.
Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian, Sotheby's New York, January 25, 2014, Lot #724.

Exhibited: "The Art of the Whaleman", Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, 1983.

"Folk Art Revealed", American Folk Art Museum, November 16, 2004-August 23, 2009.
"Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions", the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, June 20-October 7, 2012.

Illustrated inAmerican Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum
(Harry Abrams Inc., 2001), p. 330."

Condition

Handle with crack extending from collar approx. 1. Some chipping/cracks to inlay. Small dot of discoloration on shaft."

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