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  • Rafael Osona Auctions Kicks Off a 500 Lot July 3rd Independence Weekend Auction Now Open for Bidding 500 Lots

    Rafael Osona Auctions

    Kicks Off a 500 Lot

    July 3rd Independence Weekend Auction

    Now Open for Bidding

    500 Lots

    Featuring contents of numerous recently sold Nantucket seaside residences and Estates


    NANTUCKET, JUNE 1, 2021 – Over 100 lots of Notable Nantucket Art and Fine Art will share the stage with Estate Jewelry, Period American, English and Continental Furnishings and Décor, Nantucket Baskets, Sterling Silver and collectibles in Rafael Osona’s 41st Annual Independence Weekend Auction.


    For the collector of Nantucket Fine Art, the auction features over 70 lots of sought after art by Robert Stark Jr., Donald Demers, James Cromartie, Joseph McGurl, Frank Corso, John Austin, Illya Kagan, Jan Munro, Jan Pawlowski, John Austin, Sybil Goldsmith, Robert Perrin, David Lazarus, Joan Albaugh, William Lowe, June Owen, J.B. Reid, Doris and Richard Beer to name a few. Besides Nantucket Art, there are works by Antonio Jacobsen, Brian Coole, Louis Dodd, Tom Holland, Michael Matthews.


    Many Nantucket grand estates include a work or two by Robert Stark Jr. This sale happens to feature 2 of his works: an iconic oil on canvas “Red Sail with Rainbow Fleet” $10,000/15,000 (image 1) alongside a canvas from his Irish period featuring a Trawler off the Ireland coast.


    Four works by esteemed artist Donald Demers includes “Sailing Lesson” $4,000/5,000 (image 2) and “Sailing off Nantucket by Sankaty Light” $6,000/7,000 (image 3). Two acrylics by the notable James Cromartie display his vision of “Nantucket’s Great Point Lighthouse” $3,000/5,000 (image 4) and “Summer Retreat”.


    Illya Kagan, a talented plein-air artist and son of the late modern furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, holds court with 2 very large canvases featuring “Yachting Day – Nantucket Harbor” $5,000/7,000 (image 5) and “Panoramic View of Nantucket Harbor and the Jetties” $5,000/7,000 


    Joan Albaugh’s Oil on Canvas “A Path to Summer” lends the thoughts of pleasanter days ahead, estimated $3,500/4,500 (image 6)


    Estate Jewelry in a range for all pocketbooks includes Bvlgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. Hermès, Ilias Lalaounis, and anonymous designed South Sea and Akoya Pearl necklaces.


    Estate jewelry selections include Two Bvlgari “Tubogas” Diamond Cuff Bracelets in Steel and 18k Yellow Gold, each estimated $3,000/4,000 (image 7). Vintage Ilias Lalaounis 18k Gold Hercules Knot Bracelet estimated to bring $800/1,200; a Trio of Hermes Enamel Bangles estimated $500/750; A Tiffany & Co. 18k Yellow Gold Sea Urchin Pin, circa 1960s is expected to bring $1,250/1,750, plus a Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Leopard Ring with Emerald Eyes $600/800. A 14k Gold Nantucket Basket Pendant-necklace with scrimshawed blue hydrangea by island goldsmith Diana Kim England is a work of art and a definite choice for that special Nantucket lady, $1,500/2,000 (image 8)


    A monumental International Sterling Silver flatware service comprising a 14-piece place setting for 12 (192 pieces) in the Puritan Pattern is presented in a serpentine mahogany box with multiple drawers which locks when closed. With the rising price of silver, this is a solid investment. Estimated $5,000/7,000 (image 9).


    Coveted works by the late Nantucket craftsman Stephen Swift lead the furniture lineup with 10 high-back cherry dining chairs (estimated $10,000/12,000) (image 10) and trestle dining table (estimated $6,000/8,000), an untouched and as found 18th Century American Flat Top highboy is a gem estimated $2,000/3,000 (image 11), English Chest on Chest, circa 1800 (image 12), tiger maple, mahogany and bamboo chests of drawers, and contemporary dining chairs including 3 sets of English elm and fan-back Windsors, one set designed and retailed by the Late Wayne Pratt round out the selection of furniture. 


    Michael Vienneau scrimshaws only one panbone (whale’s jaw) a year. His 2001 panoramic harbor view characterizes the island’s economic and cultural swing from a gritty, seafaring community – with its camels, whaling bark and shipyards - to a chic summer colony’s iconic skyline, her steamship ferry and the Yacht Club’s 1926 inaugurated Rainbow Fleet. Estimated $6,000/8000. 


    Decorators and Collectors will note Regency and Georgian tea caddies, rare Steuben animal forms including a clear crystal dragon designed by Bernard X. Wolff estimate $700/900 (image 13) amongst 19th Century blue and white Canton, Famille Rose and Rose Medallion porcelains, Majolica, Inuit soapstone carvings, doorstops, Diamond and Baratta for Stark needlepoint carpets and hand knotted wool oriental rugs. 


    World renown local handicraft first made by sailors stationed on the Nantucket Lightship, Nantucket baskets by veterans Stephen Gibbs, Sherwin Boyer, Jose Reyes. A William Sevrens nest of 7 round swing handle baskets are estimated $4,000/6,000 (image 14) are offered among other works by contemporary makers. (16 lots)


    With its early 19th c. architecture, cobbled village lanes and historic Main Street mansions, Nantucket - then the whaling capitol of the world - with her 140-year tradition in a summer colony of sea salt-sprayed, privet hedged estates embodies a truly unique material culture. 


    “Nantucket Island has long housed a treasure trove.” Rafael’s enthusiasm is genuine. “What better time to share the bounty collected by generations of Nantucketers than during Islanders’ favorite holiday week?” 


    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, respected expert in the fields of Maritime Arts and Nantucket baskets. He is a 41-year master in the discrete sale of privately-owned antiques, fine art and custom décor to global patrons. The auction house is a family enterprise. 


    Browse July 3rd catalog and bid LIVE online, Telephone or by Absentee Bid.

    LIVE, IN PERSON PREVIEW: June 30, July 1 & 2 from 10am to 5pm at the American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. 


    Online auction begins promptly at 9:30am EST July 3 at:










    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 5 & 6, 9:30 - 3:00; Shipping and Delivery Available



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