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Lot #9
DepartmentCanes, Rules, Etc.
Low Estimate$7,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 12, 2019

Description

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

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

Illustrated in American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum
(Harry Abrams Inc., 2001), p. 330.
This cane was made by the same hand as the preceding lot and the two have been exhibited and sold together through the years.
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Condition

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

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