Maritime magic meets Christmas cheer at Rafael Osona, Dec. 4

Nantucket basket nest by Mitchy Ray, est. $4,000-$6,000

Nantucket basket nest by Mitchy Ray, est. $4,000-$6,000

NANTUCKET, Mass. – Sourced from Nantucket’s oceanfront and historic estates, and from private collectors across the US, Rafael Osona’s 41st Annual Christmas Stroll Auction will take place December 4. The 600-lot auction presents strong offerings in both maritime arts and Americana, as well as a Smart Fortwo Car convertible, fine art and antiques, collectibles, a 1936 Steinway baby grand piano, jewelry, furs, luxury furnishings and decor. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The maritime selection is, as always, exceptional. A painting of a blue-sailed catboat by Robert Stark Jr., estimated at $5,000-$7,000, will not be overlooked among global collectors of Stark’s iconic red sails. The winning bidder will want to take home a second Stark lot – titled The Marsh, Nantucket and estimated at $6,000-$8,000, it captures a luminist view of twilight marshlands and the sound. That blue sail? In this painting, it’s barely visible against an infinite, faintly rouged horizon.

Robert Stark Jr., ‘Blue Sail,’ est. $5,000-$7,000

Robert Stark Jr., ‘Blue Sail,’ est. $5,000-$7,000

Another delight is Wendell Macy’s 1894 oil on canvas of Nantucket’s Brant Point Lighthouse – the second oldest light station in America, wrecked, burned, moved, and rebuilt more times than any other. Macy’s depiction is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Wendell Macy, ‘Brant Point – Nantucket,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

Wendell Macy, ‘Brant Point – Nantucket,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

Equally splendid is an 1853 watercolor portrait of the Boston bark White Cloud at Smyrna, estimated at $3,000-$4,000. It represents the impressive work of a young Raffaele Corsini.

Raffaele Corsini, watercolor portrait of the White Cloud, est. $3,000-$4,000

Raffaele Corsini, watercolor portrait of the White Cloud, est. $3,000-$4,000

Outstanding within a broad survey of 18th- and 19th-century American, Continental and English antiques, designer Stephen Swift’s meticulously crafted heirloom furniture is presented in seven lots, led by a graduated seven-drawer chest in ash and cherry estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Also presented are Swift’s spindle bed, wardrobe/armoire, and two writing desks, all in cherry.

Stephen Swift graduated seven-drawer chest in ash and cherry, est. $2,500-$3,500

Stephen Swift graduated seven-drawer chest in ash and cherry, est. $2,500-$3,500

Impressive material woven by the Nantucket basket greats includes Nantucket basket nests by Jose Formoso Reyes and Mitchy Ray, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 and $4,000-$6,000, respectively.

Scrimshawed bone ditty box purse by Mark Sutherland and David Lazarus, est. $3,500-$4,500

Scrimshawed bone ditty box purse by Mark Sutherland and David Lazarus, est. $3,500-$4,500

A standout among the extensive selection is a scrimshawed bone ditty box purse, the product of a collaboration between the esteemed craftsmen Mark Sutherland and David Lazarus. It carries an estimate of $3,500-$4,500.

English woolie featuring a British Man-O-War and tufted flowers, est. $2,500-$3,500

English woolie featuring a British Man-O-War and tufted flowers, est. $2,500-$3,500

From Osona’s textiles department, sailors’ 19th-century woolies complement folksy hooked rugs and American patchwork quilts. The English woolies are represented in seven lots, chief among them an example sporting an image of a British Man-O-War and tufted flowers and estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

Still another folk-maritime delight is a sailor’s valentine signed by Martha Cahoon and Bernard Woodman that features a central image of a mermaid riding a horse into the sea. It is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual President Day-Date watch in 18K yellow gold, est. $10,000-$15,000

Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual President Day-Date watch, est. $10,000-$15,000

Watches and jewelry on offer include a men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual President Day-Date watch in 18K yellow gold, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; a stunning collection of genuine South Sea pearl necklaces and earrings; silver by Tiffany & Co. and Gorham; and flatware services by Osborne, Christofle and Lunt.

 

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