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Inlaid War Club, Fiji

Restricted Species

Estimate:

7,000 to - 10,000 USD

Property from an American Private Collection

Inlaid War Club, Fiji

Inlaid War Club, Fiji

Estimate:

7,000 to - 10,000 USD

Lot sold:

6,930

USD

Property from an American Private Collection
Inlaid War Club, Fiji
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tooth inlays

The shaft inscribed in yellow ink: “FIJI. WBSTR. 1898 P   FROM COL KNOLLY’S COLL.”, and in white ink: “3898.”


Length: 45 1/8 in (114.6 cm)

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“Colonel Knolly”; probably Louis Frederick Knollys, presumably collected in Fiji between 1875-1880 whilst serving as aide-de-camp to Governor Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
William Downing Webster, Bicester, Oxfordshire (inv. no. 3898), presumably acquired from the above
General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers, Rushmore, Dorset, acquired from the above in 1898
Alexander Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers, Rushmore, Dorset, by descent from the above by 1900
Captain George Pitt-Rivers, The Manor, Hinton St Mary, Dorset, by descent from the above by 1927
Stella Edith Lonsdale (Pitt-Rivers), London and Garéoult, by descent from the above by 1966
Sotheby's, London, November 5, 1979, lot 85, consigned by the above
Galerie Meyer, Paris
Bonhams, London, June 17, 1991, lot 114
Hélène and Philippe Leloup, Paris, acquired at the above auction
American Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1991
General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers, Catalogues of his Collections, 1882-1898, Vol. 8, p. 2129
Anthony J. P. Meyer, Casse-tête. Armes et armements de l'Océanie, Paris, 1989, p. 18, cat. no. 20
The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham, Dorset, 1898 - circa 1965
Galerie Meyer, Paris, Casse-tête. Armes et armements de l'Océanie, June 22 - August 31, 1989