London antiquities sales set sail with Bonhams offering ancient Egyptian model boat
Specialist sales of antiquities in London kick off at Bonhams later this month with a 192-lot auction in New Bond Street on November 30.
A highlight of the Bonhams sale is this large 4ft 3in (1.3m) Middle Kingdom, c.2133-1797BC gesso-painted wood model boat, estimated at £30,000-50,000.
Manned by 10 sailors arranged in two parallel rows, this funerary piece would have been placed in a tomb for the deceased to journey into the afterlife. It has descended through the family of Lieutenant Colonel Esmond Sinauer, who acquired it in Egypt when serving as a young major in the British army during the early 20th century.
Sinauer collected other Egyptian antiquities, including a bronze Osiris that he mounted on his Rolls Royce in place of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ mascot.
Christie’s and Chiswick Auctions will also hold antiquities sales in London on December 6 and 7.
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