Club, Tonga Islands

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Lot 17
Club, Tonga Islands

US$ 6,000 - 9,000
€ 5,600 - 8,300
Club, Tonga Islands
'akau tau
Wood
length 31 1/2in (80cm)

Provenance
Walter Potter, Bramber, Sussex, England
Walter Potter Museum Sale, Bonhams, Arundel, England, 2003
Private Collection, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Carved from extremely hard wood in trapezoidal form, the top edges slightly tapering up, decorated on the upper half with finely incised bands of geometric design; fine glossy dark brown patina.

Walter Potter was a nineteenth century English taxidermist noted for his anthropomorphic dioramas featuring stuffed animals mimicking human life, which he displayed at his museum in Bramber, Sussex, England. Potter's collection, billed as "Mr Potter's Museum of Curiosities" was a well-known and popular example of "Victorian whimsy" for many years, even after Potter's death. When Potter died in 1918, his museum contained about 10,000 specimens. But the Victorian enthusiasm for stuffed animals had waned by the museum's later days and it had to be shut in 1970s, and, later revived in 1984 by its new owner in Cornwall. Finally, in 2003 the collection was auctioned off by Bonhams for over £500,000. (Source: Amusingplanet.com, WEB, 2012)
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Club, Tonga Islands
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