Booming Nantucket home sales feed Osona’s Oct. 10 auction

Booming Nantucket home sales

An important Antonio Jacobsen oil on canvas, ‘America’s Cup Trials, 1871, Yacht Dauntless.’
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NANTUCKET Mass. – Nantucket real estate is booming. On an island that’s among the most expensive zip codes in the U.S., locals would call it a feeding frenzy. When a summer family trades up for a more spacious compound or historic Nantucket summer retreat, the art, trophy vehicles and custom-designed furnishings are largely left behind. Rafael Osona gets the call. With fresh material culled from fine estates and recently sold summer homes Osona’s Oct. 10 online auction reflects coastal family lifestyle and will be, in a word, loaded. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

For 40 years, Osona’s maritime finds are known to be solid. Discriminating collectors attest to the depth and value consistent with the auction house’s annual August Marine Auctions. America’s Cup Trials, 1871, Yacht Dauntless by Antonio Jacobsen is an example (above).

Passing Squall by world-renowned marine artist, Michael Keane offers potent maritime atmospherics.

Booming Nantucket home sales

‘Passing Squall’ by renowned marine artist Michael Keane. Rafael Osona image

Expect solid works among various 19th 20th and 21st century paintings by Nantucket and other maritime artists. A jewel of a painting, and it’s all in the perspective is Ralph Eugene Cahoon’s Sailor’s Surprise. Paintings by Illya Kagan (Contemporary, Nantucket and New York City) are offered in 7 lots, including 90th St. Gate, Central Park.

Rockport Harbor, an early 20th century work by American artist Glenn O. Coleman – among the artist’s later oeuvre – is a strong example of Ash Can realism influenced by Cubist abstraction.

From floor to ceiling, this auction has substance: A fine tall case clock by James Young of Portsmouth, England or the George III Regency demilune winetasting table – both complete with all the 19th centurey bells and whistles – contrast modern sophistication in Maine-crafted Weatherend garden furniture and Stephen Swift’s bench-made hardwood furniture. From the estate of Mario Buatta is offered a circa 1820 Regency girondale mirror.

Booming Nantucket home sales

Set of eight signed and dated Stephen Swift Windsor dining chairs, one of six Stephen Swift lots offered in the sale. Rafael Osona image

A dozen lots of 19th century Regency collectibles include tea caddies and miniature card cases, sewing, traveling, snuff and other boxes.

Also available is a colossal spread-wing eagle plaque by William Rowe, who is regarded among the world’s finest nautical woodcarvers. There are various 19th century sailor or whaler-made crafts that complement six lots offering sailor’s valentines.

Booming Nantucket home sales

A colossal spread-wing eagle plaque by William Rowe, regarded among the world’s finest nautical woodcarvers. Rafael Osona image

Two dozen lots of South Sea, Tahitian, keshi and freshwater pearls include a fine 11.1mm x 13.6mm Grey Tahitian South Sea and pink fresh water pearl necklace with a14K white gold and diamond clasp.

A leading source for Nantucket baskets, Osona will offer a fine antique William Appleton harvest basket with heart-carved handles. It leads eight lots, including a Nantucket lightship and friendship baskets by highly esteemed José Formoso Reyes, among other 19th and early 20th century items.

Booming Nantucket home sales

A fine William Appleton (1851-1918) Nantucket harvest basket, 18.5in diameter. Rafael Osona image

Rafael Osona is a third-generation antiquarian, a respected expert in the field of maritime arts, and 40-year master in the discrete sale of privately owned antiques, fine art and custom décor to global patrons. The auction house is a family enterprise.

For details contact RafaelOsonaAuctions at or 508-228-3942.


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