Scrimshaw Artistry, Southampton Sunset by Copley Fielding at Rafael Osona AuctionsAug 07, 2022 09:30 EDT
In the late 18th and early 19th century, sailors on whaling ships practiced scrimshaw to pass time. It was the practice of creating artwork out of whalebone, as byproducts. Nothing went to waste. The sailors engraved folk art and embellished common tools and utensils. In the upcoming Marine Auction presented by Rafael Osona Auctions, a pierced panbone scrimshaw basket from circa 1850 is a leading lot. It is the work of Scarce Whaleman. Three tiers of carved openwork form the oval frame of the basket, and the edges are scalloped. It also has a rarely seen fixed handle and oval pine base.
This Marine Auction will also offer fine art, Asian art, Native American and ethnographic finds, decorative art, and furniture. Southampton Sunset by Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding is a top lot among fine art offerings. It is a watercolor, signed and dated 1828 in gilt gesso and a wood frame. Copley Fielding belonged to the Golden Age of British watercolorists. A pupil of John Varley, he later became a teacher and the president of the Royal Society of Watercolours in 1831. One of his favorite subjects to paint was marine life. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts (81), American Indian & Ethnographic (71), Collectibles (99), Furniture (4)
# of Lots:281
Price Range:$250 - $15,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Scarce Whaleman Made Pierced Panbone Basket, circa 1850|| Estimate: |
|Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (British 1787-1855) Watercolor Southampton Sunset|| Estimate: |
|Clark Voorhees Jr. Carved Wood Sperm Whale|| Estimate: |
|Antique 19th Century British Naval Oak Brass Bound Rum Cask Barrel|| Estimate: |
|Vintage 1940s World War 2 Sailor Made Folk Art Nautical Brass Lamp|| Estimate: |