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Eldred’s has cure for cabin fever with potent mix Jan. 21-22

William R. Davis (Massachusetts, b. 1952), ‘A Quiet Marsh,’ oil on panel, 8 x 10in, framed 15 x 17in. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Eldred’s image

EAST DENNIS, Mass. – Eldred’s will hold its annual “Cabin Fever” Auction Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22, at the firm’s headquarters on Cape Cod, with both sessions starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. The eclectic auction will include everything from coins and postcards to marine art, fine paintings, Asian art, antique furniture, and 20th century art and design. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  Due to Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines, there will be no in-person bidding.

“In any year, an auction is a fun diversion from the cold and dark days of January, when people have cabin fever – which is how this auction got its nickname. Historically we’ve had a standing-room-only crowd and very lively bidding for this auction,” said Joshua Eldred, president of the firm. “With the ongoing pandemic we won’t have people in the saleroom, but we anticipate the same level of participation through other bidding methods.”

Detail of an oriental rug, Keshan design, 14ft 1in x 14ft 5in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500, Eldred’s image

Anticipated top lots include A Quiet Marsh, an oil on panel by William R. Davis (Massachusetts, b. 1952), estimated at $2,500-$3,500, a Sheraton card table attributed to Thomas Seymour, estimated at $1,500-$2,500, a room-size Keshan rug, estimated at $1,000-$1,500, and four ship portraits by Joe Selby (Florida, 1893-1960), estimated between $500-$1,000 and $1,500-$2,000.

Joe Selby (Florida, 1893-1960), portrait of a cabin cruiser flying the New York Yacht Club burgee off the bow, 1950, oil on canvas board, 16 x 23 ¼ in. sight, framed 24¾in x 32in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Eldred’s image

A painted sheet metal mobile by Arthur Bauman (Cape Cod, b. 1930), estimated at $500-$700, and a vintage Louis Vuitton “Damier” trunk, estimated at $2,000-$2,500, have received significant early interest and are expected to outpace their estimates.

Sheraton card table attributed to Thomas Seymour Boston, circa 1805, mahogany and mahogany veneer. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Eldred’s image

Most items in the sale are moderately priced, providing plenty of opportunity for private buyers to get something for their home or personal use, across a variety of tastes and aesthetics, Eldred said.

“Over the past 10 months of the pandemic, as many people have spent more time in their homes, auction results have shown a renewed interest in home décor, especially for quality antique and vintage furniture,” he said. “People are gravitating to the comfort and warmth of handcrafted, time-honored styles.”

Jerome Howes (N.Y./Mass./Vt., b. 1955), ‘The ship Clara Wheeler, with a pilot boat in background,’ oil on Masonite, 2 x 30in., framed 26 x 36in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Eldred’s image

The Robert C. Eldred Co. is New England’s oldest established antiques and fine arts auction house, now in its third generation of ownership within the Eldred family. In addition to its headquarters on Cape Cod’s historic Old King’s Highway in East Dennis, Mass., the firm also has an office at 5 Roosevelt Ave. in Mystic, Conn.

Eldred’s, the nation’s leading marine art auction house, conducts approximately 25 auctions per year encompassing Americana, paintings, Asian art, European decorative art, sporting art and collectibles in addition to marine art. It was recently named one of the top worldwide auction houses by Art + Auction and holds auction records across a wide range of collecting areas.

For more information please call 508-385-3116 or email

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