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Lot #407
DepartmentModels
Sold For$5,000.00(hammer price)
 $6,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 19, 2019

Description

NAPOLEONIC PRISONER-OF-WAR BONE MODEL OF THE BRITISH FRIGATE H.M.S. UNICORN French/English, Circa 1800
Hull built up from the solid and planked in bone, with a baleen waist and sheer line. Cut and pierced gun ports with fixed covers and blackened brass cannons. Carved bone figurehead of a unicorn", and carved and pierced stern and quarter galleries as well as other decorative motifs. Detailed with head rails, metal anchors, bone-planked decks, pin and fife rails, belfry, capstans, well deck with railings and bas-relief carved foliate decoration, hatch gratings, guns on carriages, taff rail, etc. Numerous delicately carved elements on the hull, stem, railings and other areas of the ship. Rigged with chain plates and dead-eyes, masts, yards, standing and running rigging with bone blocks, spars and other details. Displayed on a later mahogany board within a glass and mahogany case with cathedral top and brass handle.
Case height 20". Length 18.5". Width 9".
Provenance:
William Blair Ltd., Bethesda, Maryland, 1976.
Purchased from the above by Richard H. Strauss, DDS, and thence by descent to the current owners.
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Condition

Overall excellent condition. The model has been re-rigged, and it appears the upper masts, cross spars, gaffs, boom, and bowsprit have been replaced, circa 1976.

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