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Lot 0720
An exceedingly rare yachting relic, a painting by Paul Jean Clays that J. Pierpont Morgan gave as a prize for a yacht race from Vineyard Haven to Bar Harbor in 1897, which was won by the yacht Wasp. Finely engraved plates decorate the ornate nautical themed frame. The painting is titled Ships Rafted Along the Scheldt.

Paul Jen Clays (1819-1900) was a Belgian artist and one of the most esteemed marine artists of his time, making his debut at the Paris Salon in 1851. This painting was given when Morgan was Commodore of the New York Yacht Club.

The successful bidder will have the option of removing this item from the auction site before Sunday, July 21 at 9 am; otherwise, the lot will be moved to Boston where it can be shipped or picked up.

Dimensions: 14.5" tall x 21.75" long on sight, 31.5" tall x 36.5" long framed

Condition: More detailed condition reports and additional photographs are available by request. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in excellent condition. Please message us through the online bidding platform or call Guernsey's at 212-794-2280 to request a more thorough condition report.

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Paul Jean Clays Oil Painting, Owned by J.P. Morgan

Estimate $40,000 - $60,000
$15,0000 bids
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