Rafael Osona's Annual Auction Catalog 2019 2016 - Page 32

99. “PAGODA ARTISAN” SCRIMSHANDED SPERM WHALE TOOTH, (by name of Sylvanns Baker of Dennis, Massachusetts), mid 19th century, the large tooth incised and inked in black with a multistoried building recto and verso; stylized trees and potted plants frame the views. Length 9 in. Provenance: Barbara Johnson Collection Sold Rafael Osona Auction 13 August 1994, Lot 25 100. WHALEBONE AND PINEWOOD ROPE TWISTER, 19th century. Height 26 in. (including modern display base) Length 19 in. Diameter 12 ½ in. “Individual strands were affixed to the whalebone rods after which the crank was turned and the individual strands were twisted into a single length of rope.” Source: E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972. Provenance: Barbara Johnson Collection, Rafael Osona’s Barbara Johnson Sale, August 14, 1993 Lot 155. Literature: Illustrated pgs. 47 and 125, E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972 Exhibited: American Museum of Folk Art, New York “Hunt for the Whale”, 1967 Mystic Seaport, 1978 29