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A pair of William IV narwhal tusk and mahogany torchères, circa 1830

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseRestricted Species

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

A pair of William IV narwhal tusk and mahogany torchères, circa 1830

A pair of William IV narwhal tusk and mahogany torchères, circa 1830

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

A pair of William IV narwhal tusk and mahogany torchères, circa 1830


the dished tops on a narwhal tusk stem with a gadrooned tri-from base

138cm. high, 27cm. diameter (top); 4ft. 6¼in., 10¾in.

A striking and unusual pair of torchères in overall good conserved condition and ready to place. The narwhal with typical hairline fractures, pitting and discoloration to surface entirely consistent with age of the material. The mahogany elements in good order with minor old marks, dents and scratches commensurate with use. Please note this lot is offered with EU selling certificate No. 594133/01.


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Narwhal tusks were often part of the European kuntskammer created by discerning collectors of the Renaissance and later. They were historically traded for centuries and often believed to be the mythical horns from unicorns and thought to possess magical properties, including the power to purify poisoned water.