Enchanting and Gigantic Rabbit Walkingstick. England, circa 1900
This large elephant ivory carved from one piece of selected material, is 5,5 cm high x 15 cm to the side x 4 cm wide, it is a wonderful example of the horizontal English ivory rabbit’s head with furry coat, this model can be inspired in Beatrix Potter’s tales of Peter Rabbit at the end of the 19th century. There is a 4 cm high finely chased silver collar with tight scrolls and engraved DHJ as initials, it is on top of a sound malacca shaft, finishing with an ivory ferrule. The O.L. is 93 cm, with minor use and without chips or cracks, the condition is perfect! It is a high-quality carving and a fine ivory figural example, it comes from a very distinguished collector.
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.
Rabbits and Hares are remarkably appealing as small and sometimes timid animals, their soft fur invites touch, rabbits are also known to dance and leap in meadows in the moonlight and to cavort in sexual play. The great mother goddess Aphrodite in her maternal aspect is sometimes depicted with giant rabbits as an emblem of fertility and rebirth. Even Playboy magazine’s “bunnies” should be dressed in bunny outfits.
The rabbit has been interwoven into Christian mysteries as the Easter Bunny with his basket of brightly coloured, magical eggs. * Book of symbols.