Female figurehead - unidentified
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Polychrome and gilded waist-length female bust figurehead, from an unknown vessel. The figure may be a portrait and is in a low-cut blue evening gown, with a white panel at the breast, a gold belt and gold necklace. The hair is dressed in ringlets over the ears, with gold hair clips. The dress style is about 1828 and suggests British origin.
H58.4 x W39.4 x D22.9 cms
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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