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objet Chinese ivory comb for export (2) Very fashionable late 19th, early 20th c. this kind of ivory comb with traditional Chinese motif was made in China for the western market. This one is perfectly carved and the phoenix is rounded with bamboos and peonies. Its eye is a tiny black bead. Formerly Barbara Steinberg collection.
objet Unique comb with a shell landscape (4) Stunning conversation piece. Difficult to say where it comes from and who mades it. When something is unique, we can only guess. Barbara Steinberg thinks this design could be the illustration of the the phrase:“By Hook or by Crook", refering to the Oliver Cromwell’s Siege of Waterford, Ireland, in 1649.