Vibrant Memories of an Expedition to Alaska

La Gazette Drouot
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A château in Touraine, a bowl carved with prophetic animals and filled with geraniums, the memory of a grandfather who left for Alaska during the time of the first explorers: all these are the ingredients of the Rouillac auction house’s new discovery. Tsimshian or Haida, late 18th/early 19th century. Ceremonial bowl with sea bear, alder (?), cedar, beaten cedar root cord, abalone (Haliotis), sea snail (Pomaulax gibberosus) opercula, patina arising from use, 3,208 g/7 lb, 22 x 55 x 41 cm/8.7 x 21.7 x 16.1 in.Estimate: €40,000/60,000 Bowler hats, wing collars and spats contrast with a nonchalant pose straddling the boom

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