Maritime Models, Instruments & Art Sale
on Wednesday 29th April 2009

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A FINELY DETAILED NAPOLEONIC PRISONER-OF-WAR BONE AND BALEEN MODEL OF AN 80-GUN THIRD RATE SHIP OF THE LINE, CONTAINED WITHIN A MIRROR-LINED STRAWWORK DISPLAY CASE OF LARGE SIZE
the planked and pinned hull with retractable guns operated from a front cord in base, baleen main and secondary wales, polychrome warrior-form figurehead, deck fittings, bound masts with original rigging and silk flags, is mounted on original parquetry wooden base and set within its original straw work display case lined with six mirrors, drop-down glazed panel front and carry handle. The model -- 10 x 12in. (25.5 x 30.5cm.); The case -- 13 x 14 x 6in. (33 x 37 x 15cm.)
Provenance: Purchased by the vendor's family from the Glasgow art dealers Muirhead Moffat & Co. for 201 in 1926 with copy papers giving provenance to Miss Malcolm of Dowanhall, Glasgow, and loaned to the Edinburgh Museum in 1925.
Condition: Nothing has been done to the model since it was purchased, however Muirhead Moffat & Co. did undertake minor cosmetic adjustments including re-securing the long boats either side, possibly adding small bone feet to the display base which they glued to the base and case to secure the model as the original staples placed at each end to tie it in had rusted away, thus at present the model is loose within the case. Originally green satin or silk curtains were pinned in front and vestiges remain suggesting they were removed at this time, and the rear right foot on the case had been lost and is replaced with a simple wooden block.
Estimate: 18000-25000

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18000

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