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    Sale 5130


    14 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    Arthur Molle (Belgian, c.1985)

    An exhibition standard dockyard-style model of the French frigate La Belle Poule

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    Arthur Molle (Belgian, c.1985)
    An exhibition standard dockyard-style model of the French frigate La Belle Poule
    the hull built up in plank on frame construction, constructed in pear wood and finished bright, fitted with bowsprit, a finely carved figurehead of a rampant lion, head rails, catheads, blackened steel anchors with wood stocks, chain plates and deadeyes, hinged gunports, quarter galleries and transom with carved decoration and glazed windows, rudder, and other details. The deck detailed with cut-away masts and main rail, pin and fife rails, open waist with bundled spars, companionways, deck gratings, capstan, belfry, ladders, hammock frames, 36 rigged cannons on carriages, double wheel with supports and chicken coops.
    displayed on a pair of turned brass pedestals with brass support posts on either side, on base board
    the model, 20 in. x 55 in. x 14 in. (50.8 x 139.7 x 35.5 cm.)

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    Renowned for carrying the body of Emperor Napoleon from St. Helena to Le Havre in July 1840, La Belle Poule, a frigate of the French Navy, was launched in Cherbourg in 1834. Modelled on the design of the U.S.S. Constitution, she was first commissioned in July 1835. On 1st August 1839, under the command of the Prince of Joinville, third son of King Louis-Philippe, she left Cherbourg to join the Eastern Fleet of Admiral Lalande.

    In 1844, La Belle Poule, still under the command of Prince Joinville, by then Vice-Admiral, was sent to Morocco to support the action of General Thomas Robert Bugeaud in Algeria. Afterwards, whilst in the Indian Ocean, she was hit by a cyclone which left her with severe damage. After undergoing repairs in Madagascar, she returned to Brest. She took part in the Crimean War, mostly as a transport ship and remained in the East until August 1856. In 1859, she was used to transport ammunition. De-commissioned in 1861, she was still used as a gunpowder store until 1888.

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