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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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