Height 22.00 inch. Width 72.00 inch. Depth 13.00 inch.
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This highly detailed and unusual scale model is partially planked on one side to reveal the interior structure. There are hinged panels in the sides which open to afford a glimpse of the interior. The whole is raised on two supports upon a shaped plinth base.
Italian, c 1880.
Provenance: Provenance: By repute King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and gifted to Duke of the Abruzzi thence by descent until sold in 1973 to Arnaldo Ruschioni.
The present model represents a clipper, or fast sailing vessel, first introduced in the early 19th century. The clipper was outfitted with three high masts and a large number of sails, designed to carry small loads of profitable cargo quickly over long distances. The present clipper model was constructed in the third quarter of the 19th century and was formerly owned by collector and naval model-maker Arnaldo Ruschioni. It is reputed to have been in the collection of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy before being presented as a gift to his cousin Amedeo di Savoia-Aosta, Duke of the Abruzzi, Commander-in-Chief of the Italian navy.
Exhibitions: Rassegna Antiquaria, Sacro Convento di S.
Francesco, Assisi, Italy, 1975.
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