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Item Details

Temp #1
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$40,000.00
High Estimate$60,000.00
Last UpdatedMarch 29, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALEBONE PLAQUE WITH EXCEPTIONAL WHALING SCENE Mid-19th Century
Depicts a three-masted whaleship flying a black and red pennant surrounded by four whaleboats in pursuit of a pod of whales. Each whaleboat is manned by six whalemen. One boat is under sail approaching a group of five whales and three boats are actively lancing at whales that are spouting blood. Another whale is waifed. In the distance is a hilly coastline. The scene is framed within red and black borders, with an image of a harpoon and lance above and a sperm whale below. The details and subtle but effective use of coloring on this plaque set it apart as a truly fine example of the craft, equal to the workmanship of W.L. Roderick. 7.5 x 10.5".
Provenance:
Descended in the family of a Bucksport, Maine estate and has never before been offered for sale. It is believed the plaque was gifted to a family member by an elderly sailor sometime in the 1890s. It then hung in the parlor of the family home in Bucksport. A statement of provenance accompanies the piece.
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Condition

Plaque with typical uneven surface. Very slight fracture at upper right corner. No other damages noted.

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