Tue, 3rd Nov 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Encounter')

 
  Lot 53
 

53

A PORTABLE WRITING BOX MADE FROM THE TIMBER OF...

A PORTABLE WRITING BOX MADE FROM THE TIMBER OF THE 'FIGHTING' TÉMÉRAIRE, CIRCA 1840
with fitted compartments and lower paper drawer with inset handle, the lid with period paper provenance label stating the timber is from the riding bits --3¼ x 9¼ x 7¼in. (8.2 x 23.5 x 18.5cm.)

Téméraire (1798-1838) - originally known to her crew as the 'Saucy Téméraire' - achieved her greatest fame and praise at the Battle of Trafalgar. It was this battle which substituted 'Saucy' to The 'Fighting Téméraire': Second in the line after Victory, she fired a broadside upon the French 74-gun Redoutable which was in combat with Victory, checking a boarding attempt which the French were about to make. In response the top-men on Redoutable flung grenades and fire balls on Téméraire until her deck and stern were ablaze. Whilst an apparent cripple, a second enemy vessel, the French 80-gun Fougueux came to the starboard side determined to board her. The broadside Téméraire unleashed at less than 50 yards flung the French assault into confusion and, in the chaos, she crashed into Téméraire, was lashed fast and 28 men leapt aboard: within ten minutes British colours were hoisted. Subsequent famous images of Téméraire lashed on either side with her prize and Victory's prize set her firmly in the nation's affections, but perhaps the most famous picture associated with her is Turner's affectionate yet wistful canvas which depicts her under the tow of a smoking steam tug, out dated and on her way to the Beatson's breakers yard where much of her timber was sold for building work, and small souvenirs such as this box.

Sold for £1,240
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Old marks and abrasions commensurate with age; pen tray warped with a loose end-piece where glue has failed.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
A PORTABLE WRITING BOX MADE FROM THE TIMBER OF THE 'FIGHTING' TÉMÉRAIRE, CIRCA 1840
with fitted compartments and lower paper drawer with inset handle, the lid with period paper provenance label stating the timber is from the riding bits --3¼ x 9¼ x 7¼in. (8.2 x 23.5 x 18.5cm.)

Téméraire (1798-1838) - originally known to her crew as the 'Saucy Téméraire' - achieved her greatest fame and praise at the Battle of Trafalgar. It was this battle which substituted 'Saucy' to The 'Fighting Téméraire': Second in the line after Victory, she fired a broadside upon the French 74-gun Redoutable which was in combat with Victory, checking a boarding attempt which the French were about to make. In response the top-men on Redoutable flung grenades and fire balls on Téméraire until her deck and stern were ablaze. Whilst an apparent cripple, a second enemy vessel, the French 80-gun Fougueux came to the starboard side determined to board her. The broadside Téméraire unleashed at less than 50 yards flung the French assault into confusion and, in the chaos, she crashed into Téméraire, was lashed fast and 28 men leapt aboard: within ten minutes British colours were hoisted. Subsequent famous images of Téméraire lashed on either side with her prize and Victory's prize set her firmly in the nation's affections, but perhaps the most famous picture associated with her is Turner's affectionate yet wistful canvas which depicts her under the tow of a smoking steam tug, out dated and on her way to the Beatson's breakers yard where much of her timber was sold for building work, and small souvenirs such as this box.