An Austral Islands paddle
Lot 593
An Austral Islands paddle
Sold for US$ 24,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
An Austral Islands paddle
Property of various owners
A fine and rare dance paddle, hoe
Austral Islands, the large circular pommel carve with eight dancing figures each with sun discs to their heads, the circular shaft tapering to oval at the adjunct to the slender leaf blade, the front face carved with a vertical band incorporating six dancing figures between wave panels, the whole carved with repeated concentric discs.
length 49in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Captain John Walter Rovers R.N., brother-in law of the 4th Earl of Egremeont, Commander of the HMS Shearwater at St. Helena Station 1820-22 and by decent through a family member.

    Not only is this paddle magnificently carved, with concentric circles over the entire composition, but the band of dancing figures running along the inside of the blade makes it an exceptionally rare and superb example of the type.
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