Ship Captains Mahogany decanter shelf from Whaleship “Wanderer”. This decanter shelf was purchased in the 1940’s and has been in a private collection ever since.
New England, c. 1880, 3 ½” x 32” x 8”.
Built in Mattapoisett in 1878, the bark Wanderer was a first class vessel in every aspect, and it was the last whaler, or any vessel for that matter built in the town of Mattapoisett. She made over a dozen whaling voyages, the last one being on 1924.See more photos...
Silhouette Indian weathervane with cut out eyes. Made of metal and copper. Constructed of multiple pieces of iron riveted together with sheet copper used for the hatchet, belt, arrows and feathers. Weathered and oxidized showing the natural pitting and verdigris surfaces.
New England, c.1900.
35″ H, 11 3/4″ diameter base.See more photos...
Wooden Sculpture of Female Head with Angular Nose by Nikita Carpenko – Sold
Wood sculpture of a “Female Head with Angular Nose” by Nikita Carpenko (1898-1961).
The shoulder length bust depicts a female head with long beveled nose showing a quizzical expression. Pine finished with brown shoe polish.
31” High without base.
Carpenko immigrated from the Ukraine in 1919, and ended up on Nantucket in 1920. He was considered one of the best ship model makers in the country at his peak, including making two ship models for President Roosevelt. In 1948 Carpenko got tired of whittling hulls and spars. Picking up a piece of wood – it happened to be a table leg – he set to work with his penknife and produced an austere and solemn head, as slim and elongated as a mast. He continued this art until his death.See more photos...
The Sailor’s Return by Samuel Davis Otis – Sold!
Painted Plaster Shadowbox, 19 1/2″ x 24″, c.1930-1940.
Samuel Davis Otis (1889-1961).
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 bacame interested in plaster. He made full figured molds as well as pictorial painted shadow boxes.See more photos...
Oil on Canvas, 30” x 25” Sight.
Signed and dated, Elizabeth Coffin 1888.
Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin (1850-1930).
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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.
Watercolor & Gouache on Paper, 11 ½” x 17”, sight.
Signed and dated “Jas Walter Folger/ Nantucket/1904”.
Picture of interior with brick fireplace and green surround with spinning wheel to left and a brown wood chair to the right by a slightly open green door.
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5” Open round Nantucket lightship basket with a swing handle, bearing the original paper label. Made by Mitchell Ray.
Clinton Mitchell Ray (1857-1956) was the most prolific basket weaver on Island. The grandson of Capt. Charles B. Ray, he wove early on as a child and was one of the ‘on Island’ weavers that kept the craft from dying out.