Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3160: Relief Carved Antique Ivory Nude Woman Erotic Mask Cane

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Relief Carved Antique Ivory Nude Woman Erotic Mask Cane

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 135
Class: Other

Steadily growing in popularity starting around the 16th century, canes reached the pinnacle of their popularity amongst the upper classes of society around the late-19th and early-20th centuries. They became more than just an accessory, but rather a symbol of ones status and wealth. This example, from that relatively reserved era, displays some rarely seen imagery for the time. The antique ivory grip has been skillfully carved in the form of a face or mask which is made up of mostly nude women in various poses. There is a brass band where the grip meets the shaft that appears to be of rosewood tipped in brass. It measures 35 1/2 inches overall.

Rating Definition:

Very good, with a stabilized vertical crack on the left side, a couple hairline age cracks, and otherwise an attractively aged appearance. The brass is mostly bright with an attractively aged patina, and the shaft has only the slightest handling marks.

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