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The handle composed of openwork ivory spheres turned within each other, the shaft of Malacca. French or German. In good condition
First half of 19th Century
Size: 87cm long – 34¼ ins long
In the 18th century a Frenchman, Francois Barreau made superb virtuoso boxwood and ivory spheres and exhibited them in 1798 at the Conservatoire of Arts and Trades in Paris. Although he lived in relative obscurity in Avignon he developed the amazing technique of turning interlocking spheres. Throughout the 19th century, the fascination continued with these multiple turned ivory balls and spheres.