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Yachting Trophy

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Works with a connection to Brooklyn are of particular interest to curators when they select objects for the collection. This trophy in the shape of a Spanish caravel (an early sailing ship) was presented by the Brooklyn Yacht Club to the winner of a regatta between New York and Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1904 and follows in a long tradition of silver yachting trophies. It was made in the Brooklyn factory of George Shiebler & Company, and its design is based on a monument to Robert Louis Stevenson designed by Willis Polk in San Francisco. Made just after the turn of the century, the trophy looks backward to the elaborate revival designs of the 1800s rather than forward to the modernist works that surround it on the shelf.

DESIGNER Willis Polk
MEDIUM Silver
DATES ca. 1904
DIMENSIONS 6 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/16 in. (15.3 x 24.1 x 12.8cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on bottom corner: "S [in winged circle] / STERLING"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.91
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION George W. Shiebler & Co.. Yachting Trophy, ca. 1904. Silver, 6 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/16 in. (15.3 x 24.1 x 12.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc., 1998.91. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1998.91.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver trophy in the form of a Spanish caravel. The ship sits on a rectangular, cast platform realistically ornamented with swirling waves, retaining original oxidation in chased detail. The ship sits buffeted slightly to the right. It is a three-masted Spanish caravel with masts fully set with sails and two pennants. The figurehead is a female figure, reportedly Minerva. At the stern of the ship is a tiered cabin ornamented with scrolls and swags of garlands. CONDITION: One of the upper pennants replaced by vendor based on photographs. Some nicks to edge of rear sail. Previously on ebony base, now lacking.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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