Rafael Osona's Annual Auction Catalog 2019 2016 - Page 31

98. EXCEEDLINGLY RARE AND SOPHISTICATED POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WALRUS IVORY AND BALEEN CORSET BUSK, mid 19th century, finely executed by a highly skilled artisan, the double arched top scribed with amatory motifs (torch, bow and arrows, billing doves) and conjoined hearts inlay of baleen above four engraved pictorial registers depicting a British warship between two fashionable beauties and flower filled urn, engraved overall with stylized floral garlands. The baleen verso engraved with five registers, viz., a fashionable beauty centering depictions of warships and flower filled urns. Length 14 ½ in. Width 1 ¾ in. 28