A French Prisoner Of War carved bone, ivory and ebony model of an Ancient Greek trireme, early 19th century
A French Prisoner Of War carved bone, ivory and ebony model of an Ancient Greek trireme, early 19th century. The partially ebonised bone and ivory model ship is constructed with two masts, two scarlet red enamel painted metal sails, three rows of oars totalling fifty four, two rudders to the stern and a planked and pinned hull supported on two cylindrical carved ivory columns. The central silver support, rectangular stand and display case were later constructed during the Edwardian period. This particular example is very rare as the vast majority of POW ships constructed were models of late 18th/early 19th warships of the period. Ship: 12.9 in (32.8 cm) length, 5.7 in (14.4 cm) width. Display case: 12.4 in (31.4 cm) height, 8.9 in (22.7 cm) width, 18.6 in (47.3 cm) depth.
Auction Date: December 2019