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Lot #96
DepartmentFolk Art
Sold For$70,000.00(hammer price)
 $84,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019

Description

CARVED AND PAINTED WOODEN FIGURE OF THE LITTLE NAVIGATOR Great Britain, Early 19th Century
Easily the finest example to come on the market in decades, extremely well-carved and detailed and with a wonderful sense of dignity. Used as a ship chandler's shop sign. Curly-haired figure is in full dress naval uniform including a bicorne, a black neck stock, a ruffled shirt, a white vest, a swooping blue cutaway jacket, epaulets, white pants and buckled shoes. He holds an octant in his outstretched arms (octant of a later period) and is standing on an oval plinth. Retains much of its original paint. Height 26.
Another figure by this hand is illustrated in "The Little Men: Carved Shop Signs of the Navigating Instrument Seller" by Philip C.F. Smith, published in the American Neptune, Vol. XXXIV No. 3, July 1974, fig. M.
The carving is English but the figure was used in the German port city of Hamburg, per Museum fur Hamburgische Geschicte.
Provenance:
Trevor Philip & Sons, London. Purchased at the 2000 Grosvenor House Art & Antique Fair. Illustrated in the Fair's catalog, p. 50-51. (A copy of the catalog accompanies the lot.)
The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

Well preserved. Octant not of the same period, as noted.

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