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    Sale 5905

    Christie's Interiors

    7 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 208

    A LATE VICTORIAN CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE FROM THE ROYAL RACING YACHT BRITANNIA

    Price Realised  

    A LATE VICTORIAN CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE FROM THE ROYAL RACING YACHT BRITANNIA
    The raised upper section centred by a bevelled mirror plate flanked by galleried tiers each with carved panels depicting Britannia and national emblems of rose, shamrock and thistle, below an arrangement of drawers centered by two galleried under-tiers
    83 in (211 cm. high; 45¼ in. (115 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41cm.) deep


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    Britannia, built for King Edward VII when Prince of Wales in 1893, was undoubtedly the most famous racing cutter of them all. Sold in 1897, bought back for cruising in 1901, her second racing career really came into its own when King George V had her refitted for big class competitions in 1921. King George V died in 1936 and under the terms of his will, Britannia was to be sunk if none of his sons wanted her. All her gear, fixtures and fittings were sold by public auction in Marvin's Minerva Yard at Cowes where they realized a total of £1,050.

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