Historic maritime artworks and artefacts to sell at Bonhams



2016-01-13 11:44:16

A selection of more than 100 historic artworks, models, nautical clocks and maritime artefacts will hit the auction block in New York this month, as part of Bonhams' Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts sale.

"Important Maritime Paintings is one of the most interesting sales that Bonhams presents. It is tightly curated, and represents masterpieces by some of the most prominent maritime painters, including James E. Buttersworth, Robert Salmon, Montague Dawson, Jack Grey and Antonio Jacobsen, among other American, British and European artists," said Maritime Art Specialist Gregg Dietrich.

"Each piece is a vignette into history, representing famous ships, documenting historic moments, and illustrating the importance of the maritime industry to the world as we know it today."

Leading the auction is a work by James Edward Buttersworth, one of the 19th century's most notable maritime artists. The painting depicts the 'Black Warrior', a medium clipper ship launched in 1853 from the yard Austin & Co. in Damariscotta, Maine, which made journeys to London, Australia, Hong Kong and South America.

The ship was temporarily seized by the Spanish in Havana in 1854, following a trade dispute with the U.S, and was later sold to James Baines and Co. and renamed the City of Melbourne under a British flag, ending its days as a storage hulk back in Australia.

Butterworth's painting captures the ship on an outward journey from America with CaptainMurphy at the helm, and is valued at $300,000-$500,000.

Another standout lot from the auction is a large dockyard presentation model of the 'H.M.S. Trafalgar', a 120-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy launched in 1841.

Trafalgar was launched from the Woolwich Dockyard with Queen Victoriam and Prince Albert in attendance, along with a crowd of around 500,000. The ship was named by Lady Bridport, niece of Lord Nelson, using a bottle of wine from the H.M.S. Victory, and 100 survivors from the battle of Trafalgar were on board during the ceremony.

Formerly part of the esteemed collection of billionaire Malcolm Forbes, this highly detailed presentation model is now valued at $70,000-$100,000.

The Bonhams sale of Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts takes place in New York on Thursday January 28.

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