Fine Arts

Rafael Osona Auctions trades in fine art by local, regional, national and globally recognized artists of the 18th -21st century.  Known for our expertise and personal service, we evaluate single artworks or entire collections for sale, with significant prices realized in the Americana, Marine, Maritime and Nantucket Art Colony arenas.

12 Annual auctions connect high quality material with a discriminating bidding pool, for consistent success built on years of cultivating trust and relationships with connoisseurs and collectors of fine and decorative art in every price range.

Selected Artists:

  • Joan Albaugh
  • Clifford Warren Ashley
  • Irmgard Arvin
  • John Austin
  • Milton Avery
  • Roy Bailey
  • James Bard
  • David Bareford
  • James Francis Barker
  • Doris Riker Beer
  • Richard Beer
  • Alfred Thomas Bricher
  • Albert Bross
  • Bobby Bushong
  • Polly Bushong
  • James Buttersworth
  • John Caggiano
  • Martha Cahoon
  • Ralph E. Cahoon
  • Rodney Charman
  • Frank Swift Chase
  • William Merritt Chase
  • George Cherepov
  • Charles Cobelle
  • J. G. Cochrane
  • Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin
  • William Henry Coffin
  • Earl Collins
  • Anne Ramsdell Congdon
  • Laura Cooper
  • Mellie Cooper
  • James Cromarti
  • Vu Cao Dam
  • Gene Davis
  • George Davis
  • William R. Davis
  • Jane De Decker
  • Molly Dee
  • John Devany
  • Marshal DuBock
  • Lawrence Charmichael Earle
  • José Fabri-Conti
  • George Gardner Fish
  • Anne Barker Folger
  • James Walter Folger
  • Robert Frazier
  • André Gisson
  • Sybil Goldsmith
  • Jack Gray
  • Emile Albert Gruppe
  • Kerry Hallam
  • James Hathaway
  • Martin Johnson Heade
  • Jason (Jesse) Emerson Herron
  • Philip B. Hicken
  • G. S. Hill
  • Emily Hoffmeier
  • David Hostetler
  • George Inness
  • Antonio Jacobsen
  • Edgar Jenny
  • Eastman Johnson
  • Reginald Jones
  • Illya Kagan
  • Michael Keane
  • William Keith
  • David Kooharian
  • Paul LaPaglia
  • Kenneth Layman
  • David Lazarus
  • George Lear
  • Richard Haley Lever
  • Katie Trinkle Legg
  • Reggie Levine
  • John Lochtefeld
  • Richard Loud
  • William Lowe
  • Aletha Macy
  • Wendell Macy
  • William Ferdinand Macy
  • William Starbuck Macy
  • George Herbert McCord
  • Keith McDaniel
  • Frederick McDuff
  • Joseph McGurl
  • Maggie Meredith
  • Addison Thomas Millar
  • Charles Munro
  • Janet Munro
  • Mary Sarg Murphy
  • Tom Nicholas
  • Reginald Nickerson
  • Michael A. Palmer
  • Jan Pawlowski
  • Edgar Payne
  • C. Robert Perrin
  • Edward Henry Potthast
  • William Preston
  • Jane Brewster Reid
  • Forrest Anderson Rodts
  • Elizabeth Saltonstall
  • Tony Sarg
  • Lynette Shaw
  • Issac Sheffield
  • Andrew Shunny
  • Henry P. Smith
  • H. Stadler
  • Robert Stark
  • Anne B. Stevens
  • John Stobart
  • Austin Strong
  • Philip Starbuck Swain
  • Tim Thompson
  • Roy Tidmarsh
  • Frederick & John Tudgay
  • J. M. W. Turner
  • Isabelle Hollister Tuttle
  • Neik Van der Plas
  • Emma H. Van Pelt
  • Lucien Van Vyve
  • William Welch
  • Orrin Augustine White
  • Bert Wright
  • Julian Yates

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  • John Sharp Oil on Masonite “The Three Bricks – Nantucket”

    SOLD FOR $5,220

    John Sharp Oil on Masonite “The Three Bricks – Nantucket“, signed lower right J. Sharp
    14 in. x 18 in.

    Three Bricks – Nantucket” was painted in series with “Five Retired Bricks
    permanent collection, James A. Michener Museum, Bucks County, PA (left)

    Born April 7, 1911, Galesburg, Illinois
    Died November 17, 1966, Palm Beach, Florida
    John O.R. Sharp was a student and friend of Grant Wood, having met in 1930 when a then young Sharp gave Wood a tour of Eldon, IA, guiding Wood to the Eldon farm which became the inspiration and subject for Wood’s iconic 1930 painting, American Gothic.

    The young artist maintained a friendship with Wood, while continuing his studies at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery (1931) the Stone City Art Colony, where Wood was among the faculty (1932), the Art Students League, NYC, the National Academy of Design, NYC, and Greenwich House, NYC

    As portraits of American culture, John Sharp’s oil paintings reflect both American Regionalist and Precisionist influences, together with forays into the abstract. He was commissioned under the Works Progress Administration to paint US Post Office murals in Iowa. His painting of Indian Corn was featured on the cover of Collier’s magazine. His work enjoyed major exhibitions throughout the Midwest and in New York, as well as in Bucks County, where he lived for nearly twenty years with his longtime companion and artistic collaborator, Paul Crosthwaite. The couple eventually took up residences in Palm Beach and on Orange Street, Nantucket, where both men continued to paint and teach. ~ sources: James A. Michener Art Museum and “When Tillage Begins*: The Stone City Art Colony & School” Mt Mercy.EDU

    “Three Bricks – Nantucket” was painted in series with “Five Retired Bricks”
    permanent collection, James A. Michener Museum, Bucks County, PA (left)

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  • Harry J. Sunter “Mending the Nets” Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $30,000

    Harry J. Sunter (New York, Massachusetts 1850-1900) “Mending the Nets”, oil on canvas, signed lower left Sunter ’85, in original frame.
    24 in. x 40 in.

    Note: A Harry J. Sunter oil painting inscribed on the stretcher “A Sand Beach, South Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1885” sold at Rafael Osona Auctions 02 August 1997 for $24,200. It is Osona’s opinion that this oil “Mending the Nets” also painted in 1885 was likely painted on Nantucket.

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  • Alan J. Eddy “Opera Cup Race, 2013″ Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $7,800

    Alan J. Eddy (Massachusetts b. 1940) “Opera Cup Race, 2013″, oil on canvas depicting seven yachts sailing in Nantucket Sound on deep blue waters, signed, in gilt frame. 24 in. x 48 in.

    Note: Eddy is a Boston native who studied at the Vesper George School of Art. Inspired by his love of the sea, his work is represented in private and corporate collections including Sears and Roebuck, Fleet Bank of Boston and the Boston Harbor Hotel.

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  • Robert Stark Oil on Canvas “Coskata Clamming”

    SOLD FOR $26,450

    Robert Stark (1933-2014)
    Oil on Canvas “Coskata Clamming”,
    depicting clammers on Coskata
    beach in the foreground with
    red sailed sailboat in the background,
    signed lower right R. Stark.
    30 in. x 40 in.

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  • Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. Oil “Sledding on Main Street Nantucket”

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (1910-1982)
    Oil on Masonite “Sledding on Main Street Nantucket”,
    signed lower right R. Cahoon
    22 in. x 28 in.

    Sold for $32,200.00

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  • Anthony Thieme Oil on Canvas “Twin Boats”

    Anthony Thieme (1888-1953) Oil on Canvas “Twin Boats”, signed lower left A Thieme.
    30 in. x 36 in.

    Sold for $8,050.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “On the Hudson River”

    Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas
    “On the Hudson River”,
    signed lower left.
    12 in. x 16 in.

    Sold for $7,475.00

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  • Richard K. Loud Fine Art Oil on Linen “Catboats Sailing in Gloucester Harbor”

    Richard K. Loud (Massachusetts b.1942) Fine Art Oil on Linen “Catboats Sailing in Gloucester Harbor”, signed lower right Loud, in custom gold leaf frame.
    16 in. x 20 in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

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  • Andrew Shunney Fine Art Oil on Canvas “Spring Tulips”

    SOLD FOR $11,500

    Andrew Shunney (1916-1978)
    Fine Art Oil on Canvas
    “Spring Tulips”,
    signed lower left.
    30 in. x 24 in.

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  • J. Evans “Two Children and a Gentleman” Pen and Ink on Paper Laid on Board

    J. Evans “Two Children and a Gentleman”, 19th Century, pen and ink on paper laid on board.
    12 ½ in. x 14 ½ in.

    Sold for $17,850.00

    An excellent example of the more formalized style Evans employed in later watercolors, as documented in he definitive biography of the watercolor artist J. Evans by Gail and Norbert H. Savage as it appears in the catalog from the museum exhibition catalog Three New England Water Color Painters (pub. 1974). This example is likely related to the exhibited watercolors listed as plate no. 13, 15, 17 and 18 in the catalog.

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  • Ralph Cahoon Fine Arts Oil on Masonite

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon (1910-1982) Fine Arts Oil on Masonite “Mermaid Sailing in a Chinese Junk”, signed lower right R. Cahoon, in period Chinese Export frame.
    12 in. x 14 in.

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  • Sybil Goldsmith Fine Art Oil on Canvas “Still Life with Lobster, Fish, Pheasant and Vegetables”

    SOLD FOR $3990

    Sybil Goldsmith Fine Art Oil on Canvas “Still Life with Lobster, Fish, Pheasant and Vegetables” signed lower right Sybil Goldsmith ’95

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  • Thomas Willis (1850-1925) Fine Art “Portrait of the Steam-Sail Yacht Eleanor”

    Thomas Willis (1850-1925) Fine Art “Portrait of the Steam-Sail Yacht Eleanor”
    silk embroidery on painted canvas, signed lower right T. Willis, N.Y. Jan. 1900,
    original label on reverse “46 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.”
    42 in. x 26 in.

    Sold for $10,710.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Fine Art Portrait of Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807)

    Fine Art Oil on Canvas Portrait of Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), early 19th Century, depicting Preble sitting before a window with a view of Mt. Vesuvius and the USS Constitution in the distance.
    43 ½ in. x 35 in.

    Sold for $29,750.00

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  • James E. Buttersworth Fine Art Oil on Wood Panel “Yacht Race Boston Harbor, 1865-1880”

    James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894) “Yacht Race Boston Harbor, 1865-1880”, fine art oil on wood panel views of the State House dome on Beacon Hill, Boston Light and Bunker Hill Monument and Fort Independence, signed lower right J.E. Buttersworth. 6 ¼ in. x 12 ¼ in.

    Sold for $10,710.00

    Boston was one of Buttersworth’s favorite settings.

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  • Thomas Brooks Fine Art Oil on Canvas “Portrait of a Young Lady and the Sea”

    Thomas Brooks (British 1818-1891) “Portrait of a Young Lady and the Sea”, circa 1862, fine art oil on canvas depicting a young woman searching the rough seas, initialed and dated lower left “T.B. 1862” with label on reverse “14 Exchange Street, Manchester”. 20 ¼ in. x 16 ¼ in.

    Sold for $6,545.00

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  • Frank Swift Chase Fine Art Oil on Artist’s Board “High Surf, Nantucket”

    Frank Swift Chase “High Surf, Nantucket” fine art oil on artist’s board, signed lower left Frank Swift Chase.
    12 in. x 16 in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

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  • Wendell Macy Fine Arts Oil on Panel “Brant Point”

    SOLD FOR $17,550

    Wendell Macy (Nantucket 1845-1913) Fine Arts Oil on Panel “Brant Point”, rare large format, signed lower right Wendell Macy 1883
    11 ¼ in. x 20 in.

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  • Ralph Cahoon Oil on Masonite “Nantucket Fish Co.”

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon (1910-1982) “Nantucket Fish Co.”
    A Fine Arts Oil on Masonite, depicting a sailor boy with four mermaids and their bounty of fish, signed lower right R. Cahoon.
    17 ½ in. x 23 in.

    Sold for $29,750.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Ralph Cahoon Oil on Masonite “Mermaid Inn”

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon (1910-1982) “Mermaid Inn” Fine Arts Oil on Masonite,
    depicting sailors from the ship “Hero” dancing on the boardwalk with approaching sailor and mermaid, patrons drink ale at the Mermaid Inn, a ship approaching headland in the distance. In custom frame by Eli Wilner & Co. New York, signed lower right. 25 ½ in. x 38 in.

    Sold for $27,370.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Jack L. Gray Oil on Canvas “On Browns”

    Jack L. Gray (New York/Nova Scotia/Canada 1927-1981) Oil on Canvas Entitled “On Browns”,
    A fine arts oil depicting salt fishing on Brown’s Bank, two fishermen in dory with Lunenburg schooner in the distance,
    signed lower right Jack L. Gray
    36 in. x 48 in.

    Sold for $47,600.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas

    Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “Yankee Visits England, 1935″, signed lower right Thompson in gold leaf frame.
    7 ½ in. x 9 ½ in.
    Sold for $7,475.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “The Navahoe”

    Tim Thompson (English b.1951) Oil on Canvas
    Navahoe, Dartmouth Regatta, 1893″, signed lower right.
    20 in. x 40 in.

    Sold for $24,990.00

    Thompson spent his childhood living on the tiny Channel Island of Herm and that is where he developed a love and respect for the sea. He created his first watercolor of the ship Queen Mary at the tender age of 6. In 1982 he met Ted Turner at a regatta in Cowes, England and Turner commissioned him to paint numerous sailing boats which brought him growing popularity and recognition. Thompson has exhibited his work in the United States, London, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Vasa Museum in Sweden, Monaco, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Anne Packard Oil on Canvas

    Sold for $3220.00 Anne Packard (Massachusetts b. 1933) Oil on Canvas
    “Beached”, signed lower right A. Packard. Through her complex brushwork, Packard’s land and seascapes convey a deep awareness of nuances in light, color and composition, which heavily attribute to her reputation as one of the most renowned artist’s in the Provincetown Art Colony in Massachusetts.
    20 in. x 16 in.

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  • Michael Keane Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $23,000

    Michael Keane (Massachusetts 20th-21st Century) Oil on Canvas
    “Afternoon Catboat Sail”, signed lower right Keane. Keane is a life long artist with a special affinity for the sea. He studied with artist Marshall W. Joyce, eventually becoming his studio partner. Additionally Keane was employed for many years by General Dynamics as a technical illustrator. An instructor of painting for Copley Society of Boston, he has taught painting for over fifteen years.
    24 in. x 36 in.

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  • William R. Davis Oil on Canvas

    Sold for $5,175.00 William R. Davis (Massachusetts b.1952) Oil on Canvas
    “Yachting Race Off of Nantucket”, signed lower right William R. Davis. Davis, grew up in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist he captures the serene light of a sunrise or sunset on the water. In 1987 he mounted a one artist show at the Mystic Maritime Gallery and all twenty of his works shown were sold. He has received the Mystic Maritime Gallery Award of Excellence. His art pays homage to such 19th C. artists such as James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen and Fitz Hugh Lane.
    7 ½ in. x 11 ¼ in.

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  • Michael Keane Oil on Artist Board

    Sold for $6,900.00 Michael Keane Oil (Massachusetts 20th-21st Century) on Artist Board
    Study for “Ahead of the Mark”, signed lower left Keane. Keane is a life long artist with a special affinity for the sea. He studied with artist Marshall W. Joyce, eventually becoming his studio partner. Additionally Keane was employed for many years by general dynamics as a technical illustrator. An instructor of painting for the Copley Society of Boston, he has taught painting for over fifteen years.
    8 in. x 12 in.

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  • Jan Pawlowski Oil on Canvas

    Fine Jan Pawlowski Oil on Canvas “Skyline View of the Town of Nantucket From Monomoy”, signed lower left
    Jan Pawlowski ’03.
    30 in. x 30 in.
    Sold for $5,750

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  • Ralph Eugene Cahoon Oil on Masonite

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon (1910-1982) “Riding the Whale”, oil on board depicting three mermaids and three sailors riding a whale, signed lower right “R.Cahoon”, in an antique gilt frame.
    12 in. x 16 in.

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  • Tony Sarg Original Watercolor on Paper

    Tony Sarg (1880-1942) “Welcome Home from the Widow’s Walk”, watercolor on paper, signed lower right Tony Sarg. A very rare piece, this was one of the original studies for the famed poster.
    35 in. x 28 in.

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  • Louis Benton Akin Oil on Artist Board

    SOLD FOR $4,388

    Louis Benton Akin (American 1868-1913) “The Pueblos”, oil on artist board, signed indistinctly lower left.
    15 ¾ in. x 19 ½ in.

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  • William Pierce Stubbs Oil on Canvas

    William Pierce Stubbs (American, 1842-1909) “Portrait of the Four Masted Schooner O.H. Brown” Oil on canvas, signed lower left, framed. 28 in. x 46 in. Overall 38 in. x 56 in.

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  • Thomas Willis Silkwork on Canvas

    Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1925) “Portrait of the Fishing Schooner Alberta” Silkwork on canvas, signed lower right, framed. 16 in. x 20 in. Overall 24 in. x 28 in.

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  • Solon Francis Montecello Badger Oil on Canvas

    Solon Francis Montecello Badger (Massachusetts, 1873-1919) “Portrait of the Three Masted Schooner F.H. Odiorne Off Minot’s Light” Oil on canvas, signed lower left, in gilt frame. 22 in. x 36 in. Overall 30 in. x 43 in.

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  • Maurice Brainchon Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $9,360

    Maurice Brainchon (1899-1979) “Maurine-Bateaux de Peche” oil on canvas, signed lower right Brianchon.
    28 ¾ in. x 23 ½ in.

    Provenance: David Findlay Gallery.

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  • Maurice Brianchon Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $16,380

    Maurice Brainchon (1899-1979) “Menton” oil on canvas, dated 1959, with figures, tables and flags on tiled ship deck, signed lower left Brianchon, signed and dated on reverse.
    24 in. x 24 in.

    Provenance: David Findlay Gallery.

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  • Jane Peterson Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $21,060

    Jane Peterson (American 1876-1965) “Prams Along the Beach”, oil on canvas, depicting beach shore scene with figures walking along sand, signed lower right, Jane Peterson.
    12 in. x 16 in.

    Provenance: Hollis Taggart Galleries, Menconi & Schoelhopf Fine Art LLC.

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  • Robert Stark Jr. Oil on Canvas

    Robert Stark Jr. (American, Contemporary) “Rainbow Fleet” oil on canvas, signed lower right R. Stark. In a dot and cross gilt frame.

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  • Robert Stark Jr. Oil on Canvas

    Robert Stark Jr. (American, Contemporary) “Out With the Rainbow” Oil on Canvas, signed lower left R. Stark. In a carved gilt rope and ebonized frame. Stark is as illuminist, painting principally in oil on canvas or panel. His work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, France, China and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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  • Samuel Edmund Oppenheim Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $4,563

    Samuel Edmund Oppenheim (American, 1901-1992) “Portrait of a Geisha”, oil on canvas, signed mid right, Oppenheim worked in New York and was known for his illustrations and paintings.
    24 in. x 20 in.

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