Chrysanthemums in a Vase by Elizabeth Coffin

Chrysanthemums in a Vase by Elizabeth CoffinChrysanthemums in a Vase by Elizabeth Coffin

Oil on Canvas, 30” x 25” Sight.
Signed and dated, Elizabeth Coffin 1888.
Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin (1850-1930).

Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin was born of Nantucket Quaker parentage in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Vassar College, The Hague Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Students League in New York, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in addition to traveling extensively in Europe and California. She was a pupil of Thomas Eakins.

Beginning in the 1880s, Coffin began to summer regularly on Nantucket, painting brilliant genre scenes and portraits that capture the quaint and fading way of life of post-whaling Nantucket. After moving to Nantucket permanently in 1900, her artistic output declined, and she began to devote her energies to reviving instruction in handicrafts at the Coffin School.

An eighth-generation descendant of original Nantucket settlers Tristram and Dionis Coffin, the artist returned to the island of her ancestors, leaving a legacy of outstanding paintings and devoted public service.

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Ship Diorama of a Nantucket Whaler by Samuel Davis Otis

Ship Diorama of a Nantucket Whaler by Samuel Davis OtisShip Diorama of a Nantucket Whaler by Samuel Davis Otis

Ship Diorama of a Nantucket Whaler, circa 1930

This painted plaster diorama was made by Samuel Davis Otis (1889-1961). The figural portrait is of Otis’ great grandfather, James Gorham (1791-1871), who was a Nantucket whaling captain. The portrait depicts the Captain beside a floral urn on a marbleized tabletop holding a gilt capped walking stick
Samuel Davis Otis was born in Sherwood, NY, the son of Stephen and Mary Otis. Otis was a nationally known artist and illustrator, and one of the founding members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.His great Grandfather was James Gorham, a Nantucket Whaler. In the summers he and his family resided in Sconset. It was on the island where he became interested in plaster. He made full figured molds as well as pictorial painted shadow boxes.
18″ x 21″ x 4″

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Steamboat Wharf by Walter Francis Brown

Steamboat Wharf by Walter Francis BrownSteamboat Wharf  by Walter Francis Brown – Sold

c. 1900
Oil on canvas, 14” x 12”, sight.

Walter Francis Brown(1853-1929) visited Nantucket at the end of the century, drawn like many other late-nineteenth-century genre painters by the opportunity to paint scenes that express a sense of the island’s natural beauty and fading past. Brown was born in Providence, Rhode Island, studied painting at Brown University, and later with Gérôme and Bonnat in Paris, and painted extensively in Venice, where he died in 1929. He also worked as an illustrator of such books as Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad and Charles Miller’s Roger Williams.

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Rattan Woven Violin Case

Rattan Woven Violin CaseRattan Woven Violin Case – $775

Rattan woven violin case with dark patina and original interior felt.

31” long.

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Sailor’s Valentine “A Present from Barbados”

Sailor's Valentine "A Present from Barbados"Sailor’s Valentine “A Present from Barbados” – Sold

Large single sailors valentine mounted in Mahogany octagonal case with center inscription “A Present From Barbados”.

“Shreve Crump & Low” paper label is taped to back side.

Barbados, c.1870, 12”.

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