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|The model is constructed with a wood core and is planked-over with bone all pin fastened, as is the decking. The two gunport strakes are of bone with each having a fine-line detail scribed-on along the top and bottom edges. Above that at the deck sheer another plank has a twisted rope carving effect which carries fore and aft just under the deck level. It has bone masts, spars, stun'sail yards, and blocks. It is rigged with all general standing and running lines of natural linen threads per the period practice. The model shows well-formed carving decorative details on the crescent-shaped fashion piece or taffrail, stern galleries with balustrade railings, and quarter galleries as well as a simplistic bone figurehead. One ship's boat is hung from the rigging amidships is also of bone. Custom fitted display case with the baseboard and glazed cover trim in matching rosewood, baseboard has a rust leather top, with hand engraved sterling silver plaques.|
Condition: Very Good
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: wood, bone|
|Dimensions: 32 1/4'' x 9 3/4'' x 19 1/4''|
|Primary Classification: Folk Art and Americana : Antique Ship Models, Nautical, Marine and Coastal Art|
|Secondary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Models : Boats|
|Napoleonic Era Prisoner-of-War Ship Models, 1793 - 1815|
The war between Napoleon’s French navy and the naval forces of King George III of England lasted so long that the captured French prisoners had to find resourceful ways to spend their imprisonment, sometimes lasting more than eleven years.
Though not treated like convicts, they were confined to the likes of prison hulks in naval dockyards, old castles, outdated fortresses, or purpose built prison camps such as Norman Cross or Dartmoor. On the encouragement of their captors, they formed their own quasi-artisan guilds to produce small objets d’art to sell in the camp’s periodic civilian open market. Many of these imprisoned sailors came from specialized artistic vocations sponsored by Napoleon, e.g. ivory carvers, tapestry weavers, gold or silver smiths, fine furniture & cabinet makers, etc.
One of the most popular objects sought by the English were the alluring ship models they created mostly representing, in a stylized form, British naval ships of the era. These were constructed from recycled cattle bone, boxwood, whale baleen, or sometimes from more exotic materials supplied by the local citizenry, e.g., silk, gold or silver foil, ivory, tortoise shell, etc. The fine carving work and symmetric hull and deck planking exhibited on these models was remarkable, as well as the authenticity of their delicate linen or silk rigging. It is interesting to note, that a small percentage of their models actually had mechanical apparatus: make-shift wound springs attached to interior bulwarks gundeck cannons could be retracted inboard by pulling on small lines hanging from the stern or keel of the model.
|Provenance: London gallery; 1940’s private collection Michigan|
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