Featured Ivory, bone,or resin 3 Wise Monkeys?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Wolfrott, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Wolfrott

    Wolfrott New Member

    My mother brought this statue back from storage in our attic, in Italy; it was bought 60 years ago.

    I can’t ID the artist (signed on the middle monkey’s butt) or what it’s made of.

    I do own antique ivories inherited; piano and statues, but this one has me baffled as it ticks boxes for all 3 types of ivory, bone and resin. Can anyone help me?

    3 Wise Monkeys
    WEIGHT: 630g
    9.5cm tall (monkeys)
    12cm wide (monkeys)
    2cm tall base (not including monkeys)
    It’s signed S.H.

    It always feels cold, never becomes warm with touch. It’s smooth like glass, the carving is either smooth or sharp depending on which bit you are touching (fur is smooth, faces are sharp, etc). It’s incredibly heavy, 630grams!

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    The base feels like stone or resin, it has pock marks/fleabites, and lines. The monkeys have no hairlines fractures, cracks, pits/dots, or other telltale bloodvessel details. One broken ear reveals a rough cross-section/inside.

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Wolfrott. It ticks only the boxes for man made material for me. I see no indication for ivory at all & have to work hard to see any possibility of bone.
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Very nice pics, Wolfrott.
    Both the monkeys and the base are resin.
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Don't work too hard.:)
  5. Wolfrott

    Wolfrott New Member

    Yeah, I suspected it, but the weight and the signature threw me off. Not sure why a synthetic would be signed. My resin figures are featherlight!

    Does anyone know what S.H is?
  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Someone's attempt to convince you it's hand carved?
  7. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    If it's Italian, I'll bet reconstituted marble.
  8. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

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    Ghopper1924, komokwa, Bronwen and 3 others like this.
  9. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    "Sh...hhhhh! We resinate with meaning!"
  10. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS!!!

    @i need help, does not appear to be on Etsy in any way, shape or form.........
  11. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Thank you for double checking, Aquitaine. :)
  12. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    As for age, the time period you said sounds right to me. My parents had a thing for the "see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil" monkies in the 40s and/or early 50s. I think it was a popular theme at the time.
  13. Silver Wolf

    Silver Wolf Well-Known Member

    see no evil,hear no evil,say no evil,because we are the evil :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
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