Henri Sbonski de Passebon

Flute vaisseau de charge a la voile


Flute vaisseau de charge a la voile


"Flute vaisseau de charge a la voile" is one of a series of 17 antique folio-sized copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon. Engraved by Claude Randon, the collection of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV.

A flute ( fluyt ; pronounced 'flight') was typically a cargo-carrying vessel of about 80 feet in length and displaced between 200 - 300 tons.

According to Wikipedia the fluyt was one of the keys to Dutch commercial competitiveness in the 17th century as it: "... was designed to facilitate transoceanic delivery with the maximum of space and crew efficiency. Unlike rivals, it was not built for conversion in wartime to a warship, so it was cheaper to build and carried twice the cargo, and could be handled by a smaller crew. Construction by specialized shipyards using new tools made it half the cost of rival ships. The factors combined to sharply lower the cost of transportation for Dutch merchants, giving them a major competitive advantage."

View all Sbonski de Passebon engravings

De Passebon was stationed at Marseilles as a Lieutenant in the Corps des Galeres during the period that he produced the drawings from which these plates were engraved.

Attribution at bottom left: "Randon delineauit et sculpsit cura D'ni de Passebon Equitis"
Royal privilege at bottom right: "Marsiliae cum privilegio Regis"
Seller's attribution: "Se vendent a Marseilles chez Laurent Bremond sur le port au Coin de reboul"

CREATOR: Henri Sbonski de Passebon




CONDITION: Good.  On heavy wove paper. Strong impression and platemark. Repaired splitting at centerfold near margin . Two vertical folds as issued.

COLORING: Modern, meticulous hand color.

ENGRAVER: Claude Randon

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "




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