• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 159

    A GROUP OF FIVE WALKING STICKS

    19TH/20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GROUP OF FIVE WALKING STICKS
    19TH/20TH CENTURY
    Comprising: an 'erotic' cane with female and dog; an 'erotic' cane with chased silver-plate top enclosing erotic-scene-decorated snuff box; a pewter 'atomizer' cane with male and female acrobats, stamped PATENT; an 'erotic' cane of woman bending over; a 'Phallic' cane in horn, signed ASPREY and with Cooper-Hewitt exhibition label
    37½ in. (95 cm.) long, the largest (5)


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    Provenance

    Acquired from Litchfield Auction, Connecticut (female with dog).
    Acquired from Hôtel Drouot, Guy Laudner, Edith Vanderlinden, 29 October 1991, lot 107 (the acrobats).
    Acquired from Braswell Galleries, Norwalk, Connecticut (the woman bent over).


    Exhibited

    New York, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Canes and Walking Sticks, 3 May - 26 July 1983, no exhibition catalogue (the Phallic cane).