Monumental North German Lloyd, NDL, c-1908, SS 'Berlin', superb fine ships 1st Class public room carved figure head of 'Neptune' or 'Old man of the sea', typical of the historical revivals of the early 1900's found on all the liners at this time, in a recumbent classic outstretched pose. Heavy and deeply carved panel made up from what I think is pitch pine, with gesso then real gold leaf. In very fine condition as shown. Probably from the entrance of from the 1st class lounge or smoking room, the finest piece of ocean liner carved art I have yet offered for sale.
This carving is a real musueum standard piece of art from the high Edwardian interiors of one of the early 20th century NDL liners, and a famous one to boot, the SS 'Berlin'.
These carvings were recently discovered near Winchester in the south of England, by repute from the german steamer SS 'Berlin'. The Berlin's war service is famous, she layed mines which would sink the HMS Audacious, she was later interred by the norwegians until the end of the war. The Berlin was a prize of war and as such was sold post war to the White Star Line, becoming the 'Arabic'. She was re-fitted in Portsmouth on the south coast, it is at this time these fixtures, carvings and art were removed as being to 'Germanic' for English and American tastes post WW1.
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