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Ornate Dutch naval yacht, PEGASUS

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  • Member since
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  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Ornate Dutch naval yacht, PEGASUS
Posted by crackers on Saturday, March 03, 2018 1:21 AM

While surfing through Facebook, I came across a series of photos of the 1767 ornate Dutch naval yacht PEGASUS, made by Ivan Tratanj and displayed at a German museum. The location of this museum was not disclosed.

Here, is the artist himself posing beside his creation at an undisclosed German museum.

The bow view of the PEGASUS. Note the skill of the carving work on this model.

Another view of the bow of the PERGASUS. The figurehead of the legendary winged horse is a special work of art that is unique.

A close up view of the winged horse PEGASUS. The sculptued work is breathtaking. In ancient Greek mythology, the winged horse Pegasus, sprung from the blood of Meduse which caused hippocrene, the fountain of poetic inspiration.  It is also a sky constellation.

The stern of the Dutch 1767 yacht, with ortnate work that is beyond the skill of most model makers.

A close up view of the stern window from the starboard side. Again, the sculptured work is awesome.

A deck view of the skylight and companion way.

View of the starboard side ornate leeboard.

The ornate stern windows.

This is the ship modeler's art at its highest level. Most people would not even think of doing this kind of creative skill. Frankly, I'm green with envy just to look at these pictures.

Happy modeling   Crackers  IndifferentCrying


Anthony V. Santos

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, March 03, 2018 1:24 AM

Beautiful!  I couldn't get a stick guillows kit together to save my life let alone this level of wood working.  Nice find.



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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 03, 2018 11:04 AM

Very nice, Anthony. So here's what I can find. The Museum in in Kressbronn, Germany which is near Lake Constance, in Bodensee. Museum in Schlossle. The modelers name is Ivan Trtanj.

They have a catalogue for sale, which might be worth getting.

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Saturday, March 03, 2018 12:07 PM

Thanks GMorrison for this info. Glan to know the museum where this splendid work of art is housed.

Happy modeling   Crackers  Big Smile

Anthony V. Santos

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, March 03, 2018 12:21 PM

As someone who can only turn wood into sawdust, I pick my chin up off the desk and shake head in wonder of those kinds of abilities.

Thanks for showing us what is possible in another world.  Some skill sets amaze.  He must have been a Bavarian clock carver in a prior life.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 03, 2018 12:34 PM

You are probably right, Goldhammer. Looks like the same techniques.

My furniture making is ok so long as Bondo and paint are involved.

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, March 03, 2018 2:08 PM


 I was about to make the same comment as " G " . I do woodcarvung ( Life-sized Hummingbirds " Feathers and all " And it took me twelve years to learn. This is indeed awesome .

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  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Monday, March 05, 2018 10:44 PM

DANG! And WOW! I’m with Goldhammer on this. I had to pick my jaw off the ground looking at this piece of art. I’ve dabbled with woodworking but this is on whole other plane. Thanks for posting this Anthony, it gives us mere mortals something to strive for.





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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:38 PM

Gary, that is awesome, I didn't know you had that talent. This is true, a hummer bumped into our porch window & sat there & my wife held out her hand & he flew over & sat there for a full minute before he flew away.


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