Offered by: Wick Antiques LTD
Unit 2, Riverside Business Park, Gosport Street Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BB , England Call Seller


A carved and shaped teak seat back from the launch of minesweeper H M S Bluebell

$ 5,800
  • Description
    A carved and shaped teak seat back from the launch of minesweeper H M S Bluebell, of shaped rectangular form with a central panel with 3in brass lettering HMS Bluebell, with braced back supports, carved with a confronting pair of sinuous dragons on a ground of cloud scrolls above five wave crests. Anglo Chinese, circa 1916.

    Provenance: This hung above the bar of the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Portsmouth.

    Footnote: Bluebell was an ‘Acacia’ Class sloop built by Scotts BD Greenock in 1915; in 1916 she intercepted the S.S. Libau disguised as a merchantman smuggling arms to the Irish republic. After the war she served on the China Station based at Hong Kong which is presumably where this attractive Oriental seatback was carved. She was broken up in 1930.
  • More Information
    Period: 1900-1919
    Creation Date: Circa 1916
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 636297
  • Dimensions
    W. 51 in; H. 14 in;
    W. 129.54 cm; H. 35.56 cm;
Message from Seller:

Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge. Starting out as a ‘man with a van’ he quickly gained a good reputation and embarked on a longstanding relationship with Harrods. He was later joined by his wife, Caroline Wallrock. Caroline having completed a Persian degree, went on to study at Christie’s fine art and then joined Sotheby’s specializing in Islamic and Japanese works of art

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