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|This is a very fine bone model representing a heavy frigate class vessel. The model is typically constructed of a wood core that has been planked-over in bone with a baleen thick wale strake all fastened with pins and hide glue. It has very traditional style quarter gallery windows and carving detail, and the stern transom carvings are in relief showing a center positioned six-sided star, cantus leafs, columns, and six windows. The bow shows a typical helmeted male classical warrior figurehead with shield.|
The model carries one ships boat of stern davits and includes various armament on its two deck levels. It is handsomely rigged with all appropriate standing lines and fundamental running rigging. It is displayed in a new glazed case with ebonized wood trim and baseboard. There is one hand lettered gold leaf plaque under the bow sprit.
Model professionally cleaned and rigging restored.
|Location of Origin: England|
|Medium/Materials: wood core, planked-over in bone|
|Dimensions: 34 7/8” x 14 1/4” x 27 3/8”|
|Primary Classification: Folk Art and Americana : Antique Ship Models, Nautical, Marine and Coastal Art|
|Secondary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Models : Boats|
“The French Connection” 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Though not treated like convicts, they were confined to the likes of prison hulks in naval dockyards, old castles, outdated fortresses, or purpose built prison camps such as Norman Cross or Dartmoor.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.
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