New York built grand 133’ Victorian schooner yacht, Coronet, is depicted in this colorful clearwater diorama cruising in Hawaiian waters, where in 1888 she took aboard King Kalakaua of Honolulu. Built in 1885 by the Poillon Shipyard of Brooklyn, she was the epitome of elegant design and craftsmanship, and twice circumnavigated the globe. Today she is being restored by the International Yacht Restoration School of Newport, RI, and will be preserved there for the public. The full hull model is constructed from two basswood waterline lifts with applied bulwarks, laid decks, and is authentically fitted-out. The sails are paper, and the scene includes various work-action hand painted figures. The model is presented in a custom fitted mahogany frame with glazed cover trimmed in brass and two brass engraved name plaques.
A collaborative effort between Hitchcock and Nader Taheri, this solid basswood hull model constructed via laminated water line lifts with blanked-over topsides, laid decking and fully rigged according to practice was proficiently produced by Mr. Hitchcock. He also designed, engineered and fabricated the construction of the
Mr. Taheri afforded the enhancements to the overall scene by giving the model & sails a more realistic and classic form. His uses of artist oil paints enable him to achieve these important effects. He expertly painted each of the work-action figures providing a believable effect, as well as artistically applying the right water coloration, via air brush techniques, to the ocean bottom and the shoals.