NANTUCKET, Mass. — Holiday traditions are some of the most anticipated events of the year. Rafael Osona promises classic Nantucket holiday cheer with its 43rd annual Christmas Stroll auction on Saturday, December 2. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.
As much a part of the Nantucket art scene as Osona is Robert Stark, Jr. (1933-2014). Born and raised on the island, Stark would return from his Korean War navy service to begin his art career and open the now-legendary Stark Gallery at Nantucket’s Old North Wharf. His artistic style is described by many as luminist — a form of realism in which brush strokes are hidden and the look of the landscape’s atmosphere and lighting is paramount. The sale includes Red-Sailed Catboat Rounding Brant Point, Nantucket, a classic Stark oil on masonite that is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Certain to make a life-changing Christmas gift is a platinum emerald-cut diamond ring with a stone weighing 4.1 carats. It comes with a GIA report and has an estimate of $80,000-$100,000, making it the sale’s most anticipated lot.
Whimsical art is always a feature of Osona Christmas Stroll events, and this edition does not disappoint. Fresh from a Nantucket collection is a Lowell Herrero (1921-2015) oil on canvas titled View of Mattawa Judy and Marge Wading. His naive style incorporating exaggerated proportions is on display in the piece, which is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
Folk artist Stephen Huneck (1948-2010) is also represented with Dogs Welcome, a large wood carving measuring 32 by 69in. It is estimated at $2,250-$2,750.