An admirable Ivory Vintner Walkingstick. Germany ? circa 1880
The elephant ivory knob is 5 cm high x 6 cm to the side x 5 cm wide, it is finely carved with vines with grapes and vine leaves growing around a wine casket, the carving is deep and well detailed, the detail is wonderful! It shows a beautiful patina, it has at one side an image of an empty coat of arms adorned with lambrequins and a helmet on top, ready to engrave the owner initials. There is a bone collar and it is on top of a richly colored oak-branch freed from its bark. The O.L. is 91 cm and it ends with a bimetal ferrule. Without any chips or cracks, the condition is perfect.
We deliver this piece with a signed document issued by a certified appraiser, corroborating the ivory is older than 100 years and therefore before 1947.
Grapes are the fruit par excellence of the Gods. This beautiful and delicious fruit used by artists in great majority of still-lifes and bacchanals because they bring us the message that grapes, more than a simple food crop, are involved with spirit, then after been crushed, the new substance transform us as we drink, bringing intoxication. After the flood, Noah planted vineyards. The mystic poets equate wine with divine love and intoxication with the ecstasy of losing oneself in God. * The Book of symbols.