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Lot #61
Sold For$18,000.00(hammer price)
 $21,600.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 20, 2019


By Donald McNarry, FSRA (Great Britain, 1921-2010). The model of this historic British ship of 1843, displayed in diorama format and built in 32'=1 scale, is superbly and fully detailed. Hull built up in wood and painted black, with horizontal clinker plating showing the vessel's iron construction, pierced portholes indicating the location of state rooms and a white faux gunport band. The stem and figurehead are accurately detailed, with a polychrome shield at the bow balanced by a unicorn and lion on either side of the stem. Delicately carved and detailed in relief quarter galleries and windowed transom at the stern. A grand promenade deck is planked in natural wood decking and fitted with numerous details, including a bowsprit brace, anchors, capstans, four companionways, life rails, a large single funnel and boiler ventilation hatch, two rows of rectangular skylights, a large circular dome skylight aft, Victorian mahogany deck furniture, four lifeboats on davits, one large boat on the forward deck, etc. Rigged with six masts with furled sails, and standing and running rigging. Displayed within a burled walnut veneer-framed glass case. Case height 7.25". Length 17.5". Width 7.125".
Ship Models in Miniature
by Donald McNarry (N.Y.: Praeger Publishers, 1975), p. 100-101 (illustrated).
When launched in 1843, the Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. Her protracted construction time of six years (1839-1845) and high cost had left her owners in a difficult financial position, and they were forced out of business in 1846. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845 in the time of 14 days. In 1852 she was sold for salvage and repaired. She carried thousands of immigrants to Australia from 1852 until being converted to all-sail in 1881. Three years later she was retired to the Falkland Islands, where she was used as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk until she was scuttled and sunk in 1937. In 1970, after lying under water and abandoned for 33 years, she was raised and repaired enough to be towed north through the Atlantic back to the United Kingdom, where she was returned to the Bristol dry-dock.
Parker Gallery, London, 1965.
Purchased from the above by S.D. Leidesdorf, New York.
Marine Arts Gallery, Salem, Massachusetts, 1972.
Purchased from the above by the William H. Combs Collection.
Bequeathed to the International Yacht Restoration School, Newport, Rhode Island, 2006.

This lot is being sold to support the endowment of scholarships at IYRS School of Technology and Trades."

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