Female figurehead - unidentified
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On display in Neptune Court, NMM
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.
H198.1 x W69.2 x D45.7 cms
Wood: Wych Elm
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.
Unknown but suspected of being of French origin and reportedly from a wreck in Cornwall.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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