London, South Kensington
15 October 1992
A well detailed and presented 1:60 scale model of the late 18th century French Ceremonial Galley 'Reale de France'. -- 25 x 42in. (63.5 x 106.5cm).
With masts and rigging, stitched linen sails with reefing points and bindings and deck details including figurehead, anchors, deck rails, cleates, sixty oars, with benches for six rowers per oar, central walkway and aft cabin with seats, ship's boat with bottom boards thwarts and oars in chocks, boarding ladders, parquetry decking, flags, standards and much external decoration. Stand, glazed case.
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The original vessel was 63 metres in length, the decorations were designed by the sculptor Pierre Puget and are preserved in the Musee de la Marine, Paris.
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