"Cane and eroticism"
"The poets have the floor", the last room completed.
Between Eros, Aphrodite and Sade, the cane as a support for the representations
of the desire: at the borders of the psyche, the love discourse, the phallic symbol, the history of
the "p'tites femmes de Paris", eroticism, art and poetry meet. The poets have the floor!
Paris, February 27 2007 - The virtual exhibition "Cane and eroticism" was initially
launched in October 2006 and was created by iSkiv Ltd from the archives of the Segas Gallery and a
recent préface by Gilbert Segas
The last room, "The poets have the floor" has now
been completed with the translation from Italian to English of an excerpt from "Love verses",
Spring Sonnets, a poem by Gabriele D'annunzio.
The Segas Gallery specializes in antique and rare canes for collecting. Antique
canes dealer in Paris since 1975, Gilbert Segas is a history lover and the archives of the gallery
are an inexhaustible source of images and documents.
This original exhibition tells us the course of the Cane, the walking stick, in
the complexity of the erotic representations. The exhibition narrates how, from the Seventieth
Century to the Twentieth Century, the cane gave free rein to the cleverness and the imagination of
the artists. Some of the works that came down to us are today particularly rare. The exhibition
also gives us to see how the cane had been in turn severe, saucy, suggestive, licentious, how the
cane curiosa, the secrets cane, was used in the age of European brothels as the instrument of the
perversions of some or as a hiding-place by the wealthy going on spree. But it tell us also how the
imagination of the goldsmiths and the sculptors produced canes with handles and pommels delicately
sculpted, of which some were true jewels.
The erotic cane is developed in XIX themes and the very last words are taken from "Love
verses", Spring Sonnets, a poem by Gabriele D'annunzio.
- Symbols and phallophoria, from ancient world to middle-age
- Authority symbol, the cane become present at the King Court
- The cane have great presence, at the Court of King Louis XIII
- The Grand Siecle, the cane becomes liberated
- The feasts in Versailles, the cane becomes richer
- Feasts at the Palais Royal, the cane becomes licentious
- Eighteenth century, the French revolution passes
- Nineteenth century, imagination, the cane gets suggestive
- Sculpted women, erotic and lascivious
- Sculpted handles, languid women
- The Belle Epoque, multiple facets of eroticism.
- Casque d'Or, Amélie Hélie prostitute.
- Erotic cane curiosa, nothing visible
- Erotic cane curiosa, delights for amateurs
- Erotic cane curiosa, crop canes
- The scourge cane, stirrup style
- The chabanais became a touristic centre.
- Token-case or hide-token, the lupanar cane
- By way of postface, the poets have the floor.
- Your contact at the Segas Gallery:
- Mr Gilbert Segas
- Phone: +33 (0)1 47 70 89 65
- Galerie 34, - 34, Passage Jouffroy - 75009 PARIS
- Close to the Musée Grévin
- Your contact for the Website:
- Mme Irene Silberstein
- Phone: +44 (0)701-702-6816
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been carefully labelled following both the rules specific to the ICRA scheme, and the rules of the