Antique Watercolor, My Little Boat, Sailor at Helm, Ma Nacelle, Herman Melville Collection
Watercolor on watermarked paper by F. Johannot; Johannot Mill, Annonay, France
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 this 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.
This work by decent to Herman Melville’s granddaughter, Eleanor Melville Metcalf is accompanied by a
letter of statement signed by Adrienne Metcalf, third granddaughter of Herman Melville,
signed March 28, 2008.
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)
Translation of poem available (Frame: 16.5" x 10.5"; view: 15" x 9")
Painting, Frigate in Rough Waters
Oil on canvas, c. 1820 – 1840
Well-executed maritime painting of a frigate attempting to embark. Sails are drawn with hands aboard, moving with the tide into what seems to be calmer waters. Inscription in modern hand on reverse of reinforcing board reads, [“Painted by J. Leman”/Who apprenticed with/ Penniman in Boston at the/ same time as Nathan Negus]. Possibly original period frame, has been restored and reinforced.
(View: 23” x 15.5”; Frame: 27” x 22”)
Marine Painting, Clipper Ship, Young America, Oil on Sheet iron
Young America, Built by William Webb, 1853, East River, NYC
Signed C.M. Vaccarra [sic] unknown, Circa 1890ish
Launched at the height of clipper ship boom, known for her speed, sailed the California trade with voyages to the Far East and Australia. She displays her house and American flags and is depicted with a pilot boat at her stern.
(Strong color, unrestored; mounted within carved walnut frame with gilt liner that appears to be original; frame: 29.5 by 20.5", sight-size: 23.5 by 14.5")
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”
Watercolor, Gunboat Maria, Soldiers in Uniform on Deck
Anonymous, Likely Early 19th Century
(Water stain limited to extreme bottom margin, else fine; 13 by 11.25”, sight-size: 9.5 by 7.75”)
Burning Ship At Sea
Oil on canvas
A sailing ship flying her American colors come to the rescue.
Mounted on original stretcher within original frame. (Frame: 26.25 x 22 inches; view: 19 x 15.25 inches.)