A small ship's figurehead, 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm)
Lot 7
A small ship's figurehead, 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm)
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,555) inc. premium
Auction Details
A small ship's figurehead, 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm) A small ship's figurehead, 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm) A small ship's figurehead, 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm)
Lot Details
A small ship's figurehead,
in the form of a female bust in 19th century costume, with ruffled dress and coiled hairpiece, on a carved plinth. Polychrome painted timber construction. 20x16x12ins.(51x41x31cm)

Footnotes

  • The vendor remembers his father, Norris Wood telling him that this figurehead being in his grandparent's possession by circa 1918. It is reputed to have been salvaged from a vessel broken up in Stromness on Orkney in the 19th century.

    The hair style of the figure is suggestive of the late 1820's.

Saleroom notices

  • Further research indicates that this figurehead is American, possibly from a Whaler and carved on the coast of New England.
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Contacts
  1. Lionel Willis
    Specialist - Maritime
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, SW7 1HH
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 20 7393 3804
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