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An Antonio Jacobsen ship painting and a severe Daniel Webster portrait dominate at Eldred’s Sept. 14-15

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EAST DENNIS, Mass. — As the oldest continuously operating New England auction house, Eldred’s has presented fine art and Americana auctions for generations. Its upcoming Americana + Marine two-day sale, scheduled for Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 (Day 1, Day 2), showcases fine art, sporting items and maritime art and collectibles.

Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919) was a self-taught romanticist painter whose struggles with mental illness plagued his later years. He continued to create while institutionalized, and in 1916, one of Blakelock’s paintings sold for $20,000 at auction, then the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist.

Two lots in Eldred’s sale are attributed to Blakelock. Indian Encampment at Sundown is somber landscape that is estimated at $5,000-$8,000, while Evening Silhouettes is a twilight image of a natural setting. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Nineteenth-century politician and statesman Daniel Webster is captured in a classic but unsigned American School portrait. Measuring 27 by 22in, the unframed work has an estimate of $500-$1,000.

Famed Dutch-American artist Antonio Jacobsen has been called the “Audubon” of maritime art. Eldred’s has a stunning example of his work, The screw-steamer Pieter de Conick, with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
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Unsigned painting attributed to Ralph Albert Blakelock, ‘Indian Encampment at Sundown,’ estimated at $5,000-$8,000 at Eldred’s.
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Unsigned painting attributed to Ralph Albert Blakelock, ‘Evening Silhouettes,’estimated at $3,000-$5,000 at Eldred’s.
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19th-century American School portrait of Daniel Webster, estimated at $500-$1,000 at Eldred’s.
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Antonio Jacobsen, ‘The Screw-Steamer Pieter de Conick,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Eldred’s.
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19th-century Dolland cased brass telescope with tripod, estimated at $500-$1,000 at Eldred’s.
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Antonio Jacobsen