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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 202

    a rigged model of the Dutch 80-gun ship of the line De Zeven Provincien of 1664

    I. HOWE; CIRCA 2001

    Price Realised  

    a rigged model of the Dutch 80-gun ship of the line De Zeven Provincien of 1664
    I. Howe; circa 2001
    the hull of the model is built up in wood in plank on frame construction with the bottom finished bright, the topsides planked in mahogany and pierced with 58 gun ports and with four strakes, two below each row of gun ports. The model is decorated with cast figurehead, headrails, quarter galleries and transom decorations. The deck is planked and detailed with pin and fife rails, deck gratings, walkways, railings, coils of line, ships boat, an additional 26 cannons on deck, and other details. Rigged with a bowsprit and three masts, standing and running rigging and a full suit of linen sails, starched to give them form. Displayed on a wood base and cradle with an engraved name plate.
    39 x 42 in. (99 x 106.7 cm.) model on stand.


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    The commercial rivalry between English and Dutch merchants that led to the Anglo-Dutch War of 1652-54 re-emerged in the early 1660s. In anticipation of renewed hostilities, the Dutch undertook a major building program and one of the largest vessels launched was De Zeven Provincien