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 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")
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”)
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")
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 - SOLD
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”