• 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 155

    A GROUP OF SEVEN WALKING STICKS

    19TH/20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF SEVEN WALKING STICKS
    19TH/20TH CENTURY
    Comprising: a silver-mounted horn handle cane enclosing a steel dagger; an ivory-mounted fruitwood parasol with metal plaque stamped E. SMITH MANUFACTURER 294 PEARL STREET NEW YORK; a Venetian (Pietro Bigaglia) glass millefiori cane enclosing the PB monogram; a Russian silver and shaded enamel parasol cane, apparently no maker's mark, Moscow, 1898-1907; a 'Writing set' cane fitted for pen, pencil and ink; a Japanese 'Brush holder' cane inscribed with Japanese characters; and a cinnabar lacquer cane
    38 in. (96.5 cm.) long, the largest (7)


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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 19 October 1981, lot 285 (the Russian example).
    Sotheby's, Belgravia, 16 November 1980, lot 141 (the 'Writing Set').


    Exhibited

    D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 30, no. 16 (the Pietro Bigaglia).