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Code 7387
EUR 18000.00
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EUR 18000.00
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1659365938Code 7387 FigureheadElegant figurehead in finely carved oak wood depicting a female figure of the second half of the eighteenth century from the North of France and belonged to a small brig, about 250/300 tons. Mounted on a metal base. Height 86 cm,inches 33.7 width 37 cm,inches 14.5 depth 20 cm, inches 7.85. Elegant female figure probably the daughter of the owner, who commissioned a good sculptor of the time to create the figurehead. The work depicts numerous details in the clothing, the dress is finished with an embroidered collar and the neck adorned with a necklace with a pendant, from the cap that collects the long curly hair curls come out on the sides of the face and on the neck that surround the beautiful face sweet and suave and well proportioned with a perfect nose and mouth, a slightly pronounced chin. The elegant long dress shows the drapery in the wind, letting the slightly accentuated belly leak out. The numerous shortcomings do not alter the work. The left arm and right forearm and feet are missing, the dress on the back has been restored in an old time and the dress in particular on the back shows signs of salt corrosion.

A figurehead is a wooden decoration, often a female or animal figure, which was found on the prow of ships from the 16th to the 19th century. The practice was first introduced in galleons, but even older ships often had some decorations in the bow. Like many of the austere decorations of the time the figurehead was intended to indicate the name of the ship that housed it to people who did not know and were also intended to show the wealth and strength of the owner. During the Baroque period some ships boasted gigantic figureheads, weighing many tons and sometimes even carried two, one on each side of the foremast. The large figureheads, being carved in solid wood and being placed on the tip of the hull, negatively influenced the navigation capabilities of the ships. This, and the high costs of construction, led in the eighteenth century to make much smaller figureheads and even to eliminate them in the following century. After the Napoleonic wars some figureheads began to be produced again, but they depicted only small busts and not the large figures used in the past. Clippers of the 1850s and 1860s were typically equipped with full-length figureheads, but these were relatively small and light. The figurehead as such died with the end of the use of large-scale sail propulsion. The first steamers had structures that resembled figureheads on their prow. This practice lasted until the First World War.

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