I found this decades ago in a little market in Paris, have had it ever since. Time to disburse my collections and 'stashes'. I always thought it would made a wonderful handle for a wax seal, and still that seems like a fun option. But he remains unmounted, just as I found him 30 or so years ago. I love the carving! The measurements are noted on the photos - it's not large. A walking stick or a parasol handle, one, not a full large cane, I think. I picture some elegant gentleman in silk tuxedo, an ebony walking stick with this handle upon it, lightly in his hand as he strolls the garden promenade of the old Palais Royal. More for show than use. Isn't it just fabulous!
Very good for age and type, a carved handle removed from its one-time use as a parasol or walking stick handle. One could certain re-mount it. As you can see, a couple of imperfections: a shrinkage hairline along the mounting neck, and also, not to the eye, but in our greatly enlarged photos, I can see that there is, perhaps, a very old crack across 2 ankles and tail. It seems not to have been broken free at all, as the others are solid. It might also be a shrinkage hairline. Sturdy, but bears mention. The carving is more delicate than greatly enlarged photos make it out to be. I'm unsure if this would have been a Dieppe carving, but likely.
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