Watercolor, My Little Boat, Sailor at Helm, Ma Nacelle, Herman Melville Collection
Johannot; Johannot Mill, Annonay, France: one of his famous French songs… Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Frame: 16.5" x 10.5"; view: 15" x 9")
Material: Watercolor on watermarked paper
Condition: Excellent original condition; front and back framed in glass.
Additional Information: Watercolor depicting sailor on little boat above the poem “MA
Nacelle” [My Little Boat, 1815-1829] by Pierre-Jean de Béranger. Watercolor and ink on
thin white paper; two large “eagle and Napoleon” watermarks in circles. The verso a
continuum of the poem in script; front and back framed in glass.
Pierre-Jean de Béranger (19 August 1780 – 16 July 1857) was a prolific French poet
and chansonnier (songwriter), who enjoyed great popularity and influence in France
during his lifetime, but faded into obscurity in the decades following his death. He has
been described as "the most popular French songwriter of all time" and "the first
superstar of French popular music". (Wikipedia)
The above described once belonged to Herman Melville, author of the world famed
novel, Moby Dick. Melville acquired art on one his voyages to Europe. The bulk of the
Melville art collection is in the Melville Room Museum at the Berkshire Atheneum in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts. This piece was acquired by our consignor from Adrienne
Metcalf, the great granddaughter of Melville. It was passed down to Adrienne and her
sister, Anne Westmoreland, from David Metcalf, great grandson of Melville. David
owned the work by descent from his mother, Melville’s granddaughter, Eleanor Melville
Metcalf. (The work is accompanied by a letter of statement signed by Adrienne Metcalf,
third granddaughter of Herman Melville, signed March 28, 2008.)
Translation of poem available
Watercolor, View of Algiers in Barbary, American Ships in Harbor, Naval History
Anonymous, inscription in margin identifying United States, Java & Constitution
Superbly executed composition
(Free floated, expert paper repairs limited to mountain and sky; not terribly distracting; frame: 18.75 by 27", sight-size: 16.75 by 25")
American Ship Portrait, the Harry Bailey, Flying American and House Flags
American School, Anonymous
Measurement: Frame: 36.75" x 26.5"; view: 33" x 22.5"
Material: Watercolor and gouache on paper
Condition: Strong color, as depicted, two narrow areas of toning running top-to-bottom;
trivial repaired tears…displays well.
Additional Information: Portrait of the three-masted vessel Harry Bailey, under sail.
The vessel identified on a pennant and boards at the bow and stern, sailing left to right
and flying an American flag, a land mass visible off her port bow, molded giltwood
Antique Ship Portrait, Fully Rigged Carnation Castle
Purportedly Painted by Ship’s Carpenter, circa 1870s
By Decent in the Original Owner’s Family
Mr. Whiting booked passage from Cape Town,
South Africa to New York
Oil on canvas, original stretcher, and frame
The ship is distinguishable by the unusual sail projecting below the bowsprit secured to
the bobstay…known as the “Jimmy Greensail” according to a legend attached to the
verso. Affixed to paper sealing the back is the label of J.F. Cabot & Brother, Gilders and
Picture Framers, 89 Sudbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. According to a Historic
New England database they were in business 1878 to 1888.
Dwight Whiting was our consignors’ great grandfather who moved to Southern
California from Boston in the late 1800’s. The consignor acquired the painting from his
sons, George Whiting. Other provenance, (and lore) all within the Whining family
available. (Frame: 32" x 23.5"; view: 20" x 28.5")
Maritime Painting, Dutch Merchantman & American Trading Vessel
Jupiter * Amsterdam Getekend door [drawn by, Dutch] J. Jordan
Not a typical Dutch name; artist may have changed his name from Jordaan for marketing reasons.
The Amsterdam fly’s her national flag; mast flags represent the shipping/mercantile
company…the ship’s name and homeport of Amsterdam are painted in gold gilt with
black silhouette and proudly positioned. The Dutch ship displays a false line of painted
gun ports, [two live with cannon] a small American trading vessel is off the Jupiter’s port
side [flying American flag]. A jolly boat tender is tied to the Amsterdam, one sailor is
climbing abord while four remain afloat. A sailor is climbing rigging, another is waving to
the captain of a small sailing vessel of her stern; men are seen on the bow and
bowsprit. Within the composition are multiple national ships and pilots; also, a second
jolly boat tender powered by four sailors. Fine attention to rigging detail suggesting that
perhaps the artist swallowed the anchor, creating port and arbor pictures to be sold to
visiting sailors. The work is archivally mounted within a period and appropriate frame;
minor imperfections including scattered foxing and minor tears at borders, now repaired.
(Frame: 22.75" x 29.25"; view: 19" x 25.25")
19th Century Watercolor,
Low Tide Wharf Scene, Ship & Buildings
Signed: Nahum Ward (1785-1860)
Watercolor on paper
Waterfront environs displaying a moored ship having “Nahum Ward” painted on stern
board. There is a man aboard the vessel, man, and horse within small warehouse;
wharf surrounded by early buildings. Ward was a member of the famous Shrewsbury,
Massachusetts Rev-War patriot family. Very good condition, tiny piece of glass missing
at lower left. The work is mounted within a molded walnut frame with gilt liner.
Frame: 21" x 17"; view: 12.25" x 9.5"
Antique Drawing, High Angle View of the Hudson River from West Point Academy
Unknown Artist, 19th Century…Grisaille [graphite drawing]
A bird’s eye view displaying mountainous landscape, architecture, sailing vessels including a
sidewheeler; a bridge and locomotive. The work is mounted within a bird’s eye maple frame with gilt liner; 39" x 30.5".
Marine Painting, The Iceberg, Alfred Carter Needham (1872 to 1952)
Manchester, Massachusetts, Signed 1921
Signed and dated "A.C. NEEDHAM '21" lower left, Vose Galleries label on reverse
Oil on canvas, 16.25 by 20”
Ship Flying American Flag Painting on Linen, Anonymous, Circa 1870
Watercolor and ink
(Not examined out of frame; frame: 27 by 15.5”, sight-size: 22 by 10.5”)
NEW LINE BETWEEN BOSTON & NEW YORK –
VIA NEWPORT AND FALL RIVER
COMPOSTED OF THE NEW STEAMERS
BAY STATE & EMPIRE STATE
EACH OF 1600 TONS BURTHEN
BUILT EXPRESSLY FOR THE OUTSIDE ROUTE &
IN EVERY RESPECT SEA GOING STEAMERS
Pained BY W. MARSH ESQRE. N.Y.
LITH. BY F. & S. PALMER, 34 ANN ST. N.Y.
Lithograph mounted within modern gold frame, not examined out-of-frame so let us
assume it is mounted. (Frame: 40.75" x 29.25"; view: 38.25" x 26.75")
Painting, Brig Flying American Flag Rescues a Burning Ship, Maritime Fire Date/Period: Circa 1850-1900
Measurement: Frame: 26.25 x 22 inches; view: 19 x 15.25 inches
Material: Oil on canvas within period gilt frame
Condition: Very Good
Additional Information: As depicted, a sailing ship flying her American colors come to
the rescue. Mounted on original stretcher within original frame.
Vintage Pastel on Paper, Summer Sailboats – Tidal Landscape
Unsigned, Early 20th Century
(Frame: 18" x 14"; view: 11.25" x 7.5")
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