News-Antique.com - Aug 23,2009 - The sale will be held at the Marriott Peabody just off route 128 at exit #28, in Peabody, Mass We are completing our 17th year of doing all-cane auctions and have gathered a fine grouping of antique canes. We will be offering 180 lots of carefully selected quality pieces, with many rare and uncommon examples. Among the items to be presented will be a continuation of pieces from the late Philip Hampton’s fine collection, examples from the Stephen Rice Collection of Illinois, as well as items from the collection of Dr. Michael Roth of California.
The sale will be preceded the evening before, October 2, 2009, at 6:30 PM, by a special event and private auction preview at the Peabody Marriott Hotel. It will be our tenth pre-auction event. It will feature the return of “The Cane Gang”, an extraordinary group of professional musicians from Maine who will again entertain us with a program of music actually played on canes. Those who saw them in April 2008 will remember a very entertaining evening. The Cane Gang will make you look at musical canes with a different perspective.
For carved ivory figural canes, highlights include: A fantastic Mezappa example, a splendid Japanese god Fukurokjui, a wonderful memento mori, a superb large duck, a fine dancing cupids, a marvelous full Mercury, a great eagle with eggs & snake, a very good family of owls, a fine hand & skull, a Japanese hawk, a greyhound on twisted shaft, a Japanese sage with pumpkin, Alexander the Great, a mouse & grapes, a whimsical boar, a full lion, a full setter, an “L” lion head, a Japanese monkeys, a full panther, a nice skull, a full mermaid, a terrier head, a Japanese dwarf, a crook with mastiff, a poet, a thousand faces ball, an ivory sage with fan, a bulldog with rat, a lion head, a “big bad wolf” with ebony, a wild boar & hound, a young warrior, small rats in a maze, a tortoise & hare race, a nude with snakes, a horse head, a turkshead knot, a Chinese coolie, a double god, a large greyhound, a “T” with cupids, Mr. Punch, a kneeling sage, a hound dog in relief, a monkey with fez, and more.
For decorative canes, highlights include: An important San Francisco Fire Department gold quartz, a splendid Russian enamel, a scarce Saint-Cloud porcelain, a fine 1694 pique, a great cased tortoiseshell, a fabulous shibayama insects, a beautiful lapis in vermeil cage, a shibayama with wisteria, an early 18th Century pique, a superb pink enamel, a lovely bloodstone with amethyst, a frosted crystal with moonstone, a great barbed wire, a blue cloisonné, a one-step malacca with eyelets, silver dragons, a porcelain ball & stem, a crystal & gold, a gold actors cane, a silver with Marine’s emblem, a Tiffany gold & snakewood, rose quarz with crystal, a purple cloisonné, a Chinese rickshaw scene, silver with turquoise & MOP, a damascene knob, a silver niello, a tiger eye ball, a porcelain