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Lot #26
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$5,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 18, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW PANBONE SECTION ATTRIBUTED TO THE PANBONE ENGRAVER Mid-19th Century
Depicts exceedingly well rendered and finely detailed portraits of a pilot boat and a warship. The pilot boat, with C 17" on the sail, is within a picture frame surround. The warship has a red hull and is flying a polychrome British white ensign off the stern. Water colored slightly blue. On wooden stand. Overall height 16.5".
This was the centerpiece of Paul Vardeman's collection. He believes the same artist produced the large scrimshaw panbone piece depicting a whaling scene that is part of the Nantucket Historical Society collection and a smaller piece depicting a bark and a pilot cutter that is part of the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection. This piece is illustrated in Pictorial Treasury of the Marine Museums of the World by Brandt Aymar (1967), in photographs of the Philadelphia Maritime Museum.
Provenance:
Philadelphia Maritime Museum, later known as the Independence Seaport Museum. Donated by Frank Howard, museum co-founder, and Welles Henderson.
Wiederseim Associates Auction.

The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

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