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Scott Martin
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Brooklyn Museum
Yachting Trophy

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.

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Paul Lemieux

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Scott, thanks for sharing that fabulous piece! I love the depiction of the ocean waves.

By the way, does anybody know where Shiebler's factory was in Brooklyn? Or what the building is being used for now?

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What a beautiful work of art!


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iconnumber posted 03-15-2009 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating piece Scott. It reminds me of the nefs made in the 15th and 16th centuries. Wonderful piece.

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Paul, the article 'Artistic Wares of George W. Shiebler, Silversmith' says that his first Brooklyn factory was in the Ketchum Building at York and Washington Streets. He had at least fifty workers there.

Then, when that became too small, the factory moved to

three floors of a building at the corner of St. Mark's and Underhill Avenues in Brooklyn, where he had between 160 and 170 employees.

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Ulysses Dietz

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Boy, since the curators at Brooklyn are old friends, you'd have thought they'd tell me about an acquisition this neat!

This piece does recall the nefs, both real and reproduction, that came out of Northern Europe...but the design of this is TOTALLY modern in 1904--it is looking like the great illustrations by artists like N. C. Wyeth--with the swirling sea and billowing sails--this design couldn't be from any time before about 1900--it's modern graphic art transformed into 3D. Breathtaking! I didn't realize Shiebler was Brooklyn...glad to be reminded of that.

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