Female figurehead - unidentified

Basic Information

FigID
F0019
InstID
FHD0078
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Female figurehead - unidentified
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
On display in Neptune Court, NMM
Location date
28/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
Figurehead of a merchantman, whose dress style is considered firm evidence of coming from a French ship though nothing more specific is known of it. It represents a three-quarter-length, polychrome-painted, female figure in mid-eighteenth century dress, holding a posy of flowers in her right hand, a closed fan in her left hand and pearls around her neck.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H198.1 x W69.2 x D45.7 cms
Materials
Wood: Wych Elm
Object history
Figurehead of a merchantman, whose dress style is considered firm evidence of coming from a French ship though nothing more specific is known of it. It is believed to come from a wreck in Cornwall, including the stemhead on which it fits, though nothing definite is known of its origins. For long beyond memory or record it had been in possession of the Carew-Pole family in the outbuildings of Anthony House, Torpoint, when it was brought to the Museum's notice by Michael Trinick, area head of the National Trust. After its purchase by the Museum from Sir John Carew-Pole. It may in fact date from the late 19th century.
Vessel history
Unknown but suspected of being of French origin and reportedly from a wreck in Cornwall.
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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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