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Old 13th October 2018, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default need help: black forest? statue with cane

My apologies for this not being completely weapons based, but the gentleman seems to have a heavy walking stick (or perhaps it is the old woman's?), so it is slightly related.

The scene of a gentleman/fop having his palm read appears to be in wood and ivory. A hot pin did not sink in, and came away with the smell of burning wood.

My daughter found it in her great grandmother's attic after being told she could keep whatever she found. Anything could be there. Other things included a czarist era Cossack outfit and antique Mexican masks, as well as piles of cheap tourist junk.

I have been unable to find any information on about it, and I cannot find any makers' marks. It does seem to resemble "Black Forest" carvings, but I have no idea. A local antique dealer told my daughter it is made of resin. I think he is very mistaken, but I have been wrong before. All the pieces are separate, and not cast together. For example, there is what appears to be an ivory peg that would have held a now lost beer mug. The old lady and gentleman's hands are two separate pieces.

Please help if you can, and let me know about the cane as well while you are at it

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Old 14th October 2018, 08:29 AM   #2
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These figures are certainly not made in the Black Forest where ivory carvings are unknown, their origine might rather be in the Netherlands
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Old 14th October 2018, 10:51 AM   #3
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Dear Josh,
Images hardly weapon related, even including a (non sword) cane .
They are now rotated to their right position. Picture #4 looks off scene, though.
Let us move your thread to the Miscellania forum, where it will be less unrelated ... so to say.
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Old 14th October 2018, 09:22 PM   #4
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Agree, looks like figures from the Netherlands.

The felt covering to the base suggests a later date than the appearance and dress of the figures might first indicate.

Notice the realistic effect achieved in wood of the folds in the sides of the gentleman's waistcoat.

Nice piece.
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Old 15th October 2018, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for putting it in the right place.

The Netherlands is a god tip. I was looking for carving good enough to look like resin, and found the "black Forest" carvings, but indeed they had no ivory.

I really don't have a sense of the age of this carving. Do you agree it is not resin? I don't see how it can be, but the antique dealer held it in his hand and declared "resin".

At the moment I feel it could be anywhere from 1850 to 1950. I agree it is not as old as the period depicted, but it has some age. The dealer thought it was a mass market item from the 1970s, but I have not been able to find another example.
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Old 16th October 2018, 01:48 PM   #6
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Antique dealers may have a paranoia about anything to do with ivory at this point, antique or not.

Wouldn't write off a German connection entirely. Also wondered if could be a Japanese Meiji period item, made for export.
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Old 16th October 2018, 07:05 PM   #7
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If it is carved wood and it is carved ivory, then it could be 17th or early 18th cent, and if it is - I'd have thought quite important and valuable.
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Old 16th October 2018, 08:56 PM   #8
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It doesn't have the feel of something 18thc or earlier, and I agree that the felt looks much later. I think it is a 19thc copy of an earlier style. Still, it is very nicely carved, much better than most things you run across. It may have been too nice for the antiques dealer to believe it was just walking in the door.

I suspect the antiques dealer evaluated the fifteen year old girl showing him the piece, more than the piece itself.
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