Rafael Osona Auctions
July 17th Online Auction
Open for Online Bidding
Featuring contents of numerous recently sold
Nantucket seaside residences and estates
Come on down to the preview! exhibit, July 15 and 16, 10:00-5:00
NANTUCKET, July 5, 2021 – Notable Nantucket art will share the stage with 18th – 21st century Maritime, American and European paintings, period American, English and Continental furnishings and décor, Nantucket baskets, Asian arts, estate jewelry, sterling silver, carpets and collectibles in Rafael Osona’s 41st Annual mid-July auction.
The mid-July auction has earned a robust following. For the fine art collector, the auction features sought-after Nantucket artists among 20th century painters. Some affirm a modern vocabulary of form against light. “Tom Nevers Pond” is one of 3 paintings by Joan Albaugh, remarkable in her characteristically minimalist coupling of realism and abstraction. Illya Kagan’s interpretive color is put to good use in a similar coupling; Other artists, like Paul La Paglia, whose signature brooding brushwork is rich in both paradox and allegory. Also of note is a still life by Robert W. Stark III (third in 3 generations of painters). Though the painting appears classic in both composition and subject, it essentially represents a thoroughly modern study in form, texture and reflective hue.
Seascapes, working harbors, ship portraits and coastal scenes offered span multiple periods of art history, from the 19th century through the modernist movements of the 20th century. Maritime offerings include a primitively rendered oil on sailcloth. (23 ½ x 51 ¼) The two masted US fishing smack, schooner “Jessie Costa” out of Provincetown and an early steam-powered passenger ship, “Latour” approach the straights in choppy seas; a two-chimney steamship in the distance. The Jessie Costa was a McManus design built in 1905 at the James and Tarr yard in Essex, MA.
Maritime communities understand slack water – that short period of time when a body of tidal water is still, just before the direction of the tidal stream reverses. C. Robert Perrin’s meticulously composed watercolor is an opus to stillness.
Two offerings by Arthur F. Maynard - both are paintings that vividly portray breakers against rocky coasts - exhibit delft handling of light and the resulting atmospherics.
Sterling silver by Tiffany & Co. and International, a pair of George III 18th century Dublin candlesticks, sauce boats, Robert Abercromby silver and a lovely James Robinson tea & coffee service will be offered.
One would expect to find 18th & 19th century American furniture treasures in a place like Nantucket, but equally treasured is the work of Nantucket’s 20th century craftsman, Stephen Swift, whose bench made hardwood furniture is exceedingly difficult to find. (7 lots)
An early 19th century George III Mahogany Beau Brummell shines. The case opens to disclose a lavishly appointed interior. Stately and reserved, there’s an American Chippendale cherry tall chest with both original brass batwing hardware and shaped bracket feet. From England and the Continent, look for a 19th century French marquetry parlor table.
Outstanding is a colossal-sized cabbage; a covered ceramic tureen (image 128.jpg) among decorative arts that include Steuben, Satsuma, Famille Verde, Delft Imari, Vista Alagre, Cloisonné, French Faience, German and Swedish redware pottery, Mottehedeh, Ginori, Canton and more.
Collectible Nantucket baskets include works by Ferdinand Sylvaro, Arthur Martin, Bill and Judy Sayle, and José Formoso Reyes
The Jewelry department brings South Sea and Tahitian pearls and antique cameos to auction, plus estate pieces by Cartier, Paloma Picasso as well as Elsa Peretti of Tiffany & Co., and a limited edition 14k gold Nantucket basket pendant by Diana Kim England.
Carpets include several Persian Tabriz, Kermans, Sarouks, Kazaks and multiple lots by Nantucket Designer, Claire Murray.
Rafael Osona Auctions is highly regarded for consistent and exceptional offerings in quality Fine Art, Nantucket Baskets, Americana, Maritime, Scrimshaw & Decorative Arts, Estate Jewelry, Carpets and more. He is a third-generation antiquarian, a respected expert in the fields of Maritime and Nantucket collections. He is a 41-year master in the discrete sale of privately-owned antiques, fine art and custom décor to global patrons.
Browse July 17th catalog at https://www.rafaelosonaauction.com/auctions/july-17-2021/
Bidding will be LIVE online, by Telephone or by Absentee Bid.
LIVE, IN PERSON PREVIEW: July 15 & 16 from 10am to 5pm at the American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Online auction begins promptly at 9:30am EST July 17 hosted by these platforms
Register to Bid at least 48 hours in advance
Absentee or Phone Bids: (508) 228-3942 or info@RafaelOsonaAuctions.com
Cash, Check, ACH or Wire Transfer
Pickup: July 19 & 20, 9:30 - 3:00; Shipping and Delivery Available