A long time ago, Chinese entrepreneurs often used a sailing ship as their logo since it symbolised winds bringing more business, more trade and therefore more revenue. Today, after the dragon, the sailing ship is still the most used sign for business and career success in Asian culture while dragon-headed sailing ships have become over time, a combination of two success symbols, that as they become more powerful and expand yang energy around the area, bring favourable luck for all goals even personal accomplishment. Montigne certainly brings the two symbols together in one beautiful yacht.
But the owner wanted more.
Dominating the main saloon and set inside a wonderfully illuminated and hermitically controlled glass cabinet, one finds a beautiful Dragon Boat model, some two metres long by one metre tall. It is a complex work of art that begs to be studied carefully, and features deck upon deck each filled with intricately carved figures. Purchased some ten years ago at an auction in Hong Kong, it is not believed to be antique but is never the less a most impressive work of art. Made of Boxwood, it has been carved from a single piece of timber.
The model is a representation of a ship built around 600AD. Then, Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty, ordered the building of dozens of Dragon Boats and others for his trip to Yangzhou. His Grand Dragon Boat was just two metres longer than Montigne at around 59 metres and she was over 13 meters high, with a central palace, private apartment, east and west halls of private audience in the upper storey, and 120 rooms in the middle two stories, all decorated with treasures. Montigne’s owner has doubled his good fortune by building his beautiful yacht with dragons fore and aft, and at the same time, incorporating within her a model of a lucky boat.