A leading specialist in the field, having invested decades toward connoisseurship and expertise, Rafael Osona ensures consignors and buyers expert evaluations for all types of marine or maritime works of art, objects and artifacts.
Focusing on the Maritime Arts of the 19th – 21st centuries, we offer works by Jacobsen, Buttersworth, Badger, Stubbs, Bricher and Sheffield to name a few; including seascapes, ship’s portraits, mariner’s portraits, prisoner-of-war artifacts, ship models, pond yachts, dioramas, mariner’s folk arts, sailor’s valentines, ship’s figureheads, and seafaring artifacts.
Partial list of Maritime and Marine Painters
- Marie Edouard Adam (1847-1929)
- James Gardner Babbidge (1844-1919)
- S.F.M. Badger (1873-1919)
- James Bard (1815-1897)
- Thomas Birch (1779-1851)
- Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908)
- James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894)
- Thomas Buttersworth, Jr. (1797-1842)
- Thomas Buttersworth, Sr. (1768-1828)
- John Wilson Carmichael (1800-1868)
- Fred S. Cozzens (1846-1928)
- William R. Davis (b. 1952)
- Montague Dawson (1890-1973)
- Clement Drew (1806-1889)
- Lai Fong (act. 1860-1900)
- Charles H. Gifford (1839-1904)
- Gordon Grant (1875-1962)
- Jack L. Gray (1927-1981)
- William John Huggins (1781-1845)
- Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921)
- Michael Keane (Contemporary)
- Richard Haley Lever (1876-1958)
- John F. Loos (act. 1861-1895)
- William Lowe (b.1940)
- Richard Loud (b. 1942)
- Duncan McFarlane (1818-1865)
- William Edward Norton (1842-1916)
- John Scott (1802-1885)
- Isaac Sheffield (1798-1845)
- Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967)
- Joseph B. Smith (1798-1876)
- Richard Spencer (1812-1897)
- John Stobart (b. 1929)
- William P. Stubbs (1842-1909)
- Tim Thompson (b. 1951)
- John Tudgay (1836-1859)
- Frederick Tudgay (1841-1921)
- Thomas H. Willis (1850-1925)
- William Howard Yorke (1847-1921)
Much early maritime art and especially ship’s portraits were not painted for art’s sake, nor to attract collectors of fine art, but rather were commissioned by individuals with a personal interest in the subject. Today, both signed and unsigned examples of ship’s portraits are highly valued for their unique place in history as well as for their attractiveness. Among collectors interested in maritime history, these works are sources of exacting information about the past, as well as being highly skilled works of art.
In a day when monarchies, sovereigns, colonies and settlements were uniquely dependent on the sea for trade, travel and exploration, paintings that commemorated significant events were also in great demand. An epic battle, a triumph over a massive whale, a journey’s end were each commemorated in paintings as collectible now, as they were in their day.
Nantucket’s 18th – 19th century whaling and ship building industries positioned the island squarely amid the richness of mariners’ culture. The wealthiest town in America’s reach was global, spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Long journeys filled with idyll hours produced folk arts and crafts. Necessity inspired refinements to whaling instruments and navigational tools. During voyages, which often lasted several years, captains and crew collected artifacts; proofs in their home port tellings of adventure and foreign cultures.
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