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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Adair/Smith
size / dimensions: 6x4x4

A Perfect Gift!
Stunning rosewood box by Ron Adair.
With five Mammoth scrimshaw whaling panels by David Smith.
Perfect as new. From 1987, original owner.
Felt liner, leather bottom.There is an engravable plaque under the lid.
Each panel is mounted on the box with a soft underlayer to absorb changes due to the differing materials.
The box is 6 3/16" wide, 4" deep, 2 5/8" to the lid
Lid is 5/8" high, so box overall is 3 1/4" high
The top panel (ship) is 4 1/2" wide x 2 3/16" high
Front and back are 4 1/2" wide, 1 1/4" high
Side panels are 2 3/16" wide, 1 1/4" high

From David Smith's website:
Though scrimshaw has long been thought of as a traditional craft, David Smith's work is considered to be a true art form. Each piece is so realistically rendered it seems three dimensional. The artist's refined etching style and monochrome color choice together create very appealing and soft images. Smith's work shows the appreciation he has for ivory as a medium. His subjects are not just placed on the ivory, but become part of it.

Stippling (pin-prick) is the time-consuming technique used almost exclusively in his renderings. His style has been considered distinctly unique from other scrimshanders, as it possesses a strong softness of fully shaded subjects with considerable detail. Smith's scrimshaw should be viewed not only as a miniature work of art, but a unique and valuable investment.
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