Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle

Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle

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Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle
Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle
Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle
Elaborately Carved French Restoration Whistle
  • $1,400.00

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In sixty years of collecting and dealing in antique coquille carvings, this is the most elaborate piece I have seen, a whistle in celebration of the newly established liberal laws of King Louis-Philippe, who described himself as “King of the French,” rather than “King of France.” A plaque inscribed “Loi de 1831” is guarded over by a seated lion, symbolizing royal authority. (At first I thought it was a poodle, which perhaps would also be appropriate.) He is flanked by two couples in exceptionally high relief: the king accepting the scroll of laws from a woman (Liberty?) and another man (the king again?) in knee britches dancing with a woman. On one end, a ferocious wart hog bursts through a finely carved hoop; on the other, a large-nosed creature has the mouthpiece of the metal whistle in his mouth. All this in a single piece only about 3-1/4 inches long and 1-1/4 inches in diameter!

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • 971300
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 1831
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 1.25 inches
  • Height: 3.35 inches
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 0 pound
  • Condition
  • excellent

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