Ship model yacht Max Emanuel
Historical background of the yacht
In 1711, Max Emanuel, Duke of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish
Netherlands, ordered a splendid yacht, which turned out to become an
object of envy and gossip. Some political implications with Max
Emanuel's appearance in his new assignment as governor caused the Count
of Ossuna to give a detailed report on the yacht to his king. This
report and a contemporary engraving have been the base of the plans by
Wolfram zu Mondfeld, by which this model was built.
Here are data to the ship and the historical background (in German).
The ship model Max Emanuel, photos, description and dimensions
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There
several views of the entire model and of details. If you click on a
photo you will get that photo in high resolution. Only these high
resolution photographs show how much work and handicraft ability were
put in the model. (If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox,
press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a larger screen with the
For the ship model a suitable display case is included, in which also
the most important flags and flag compositions are shown, which were
mentioned by Wolfram zu Mondfeld. The ship model flies the flags "Duke
on board". Two pictures find you here: the
flags before the ship in the display case and
the ship in the showcase. The display case is made from beech wood
with plexiglass. In the cover above there are three lights. The display
case is 110 cm long, 49 cm wide and of 120 cm high.
The model of the Max Emanuel is 1 : 33 scale. Length is 83 cm, width 37
cm, height 103 cm.
The ship model is a true masterpiece. The planks of the hull are walnut
and/or maple, fixed by approximately 3500 pieces of pulled bamboo nails.
Mast and yards are from pear, the carving work is pear and plum tree
covered with gold leaf. The blocks are pear with blocksheaves from
brass. The sails are made of slightly coloured cotton. The flags
are handpainted on silk.
The ship model was built in 4 1/2 years with 3300 work hours.
TThis model is no longer for sale. The pictures and the data are shown in
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.