Scrimshaws continued to make waves at Eldred’s, as during its July 19 and 20 Marine Sale four lots broke six figures, including a Naval Monument Engraver that achieved $396,000.The price, which shattered its presale expectation of $20,000 to $30,000, was just $60,000 shy of the world auction record for a scrimshaw that the auction house set last July.
The auction house also saw strong results for paintings during its sale. Montague Dawson’s The Wind’s Highway – The ‘Bonita’ of Boston, achieved $60,000 against a presale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, while Anton Otto Fischer’s Furling the sails (est. $4/6,000) brought $9,000.A portrait of the vessel Bermuda by Antonio Jacobsen also was notable, selling within its estimate at $18,000.
Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921), View of the Bermuda, a two-masted black-hulled steam-sail vessel. Oil on canvas, 22 x 36 in., signed, dated and inscribed lower right in red: ‘Antonio Jacobsen NY 1877 257 8 Ave.’ Courtesy Eldred’s.Estimate: $15/25,000 SOLD: $18,000
Montague Dawson (1890-1973), The Wind’s Highway – The ‘Bonita’ of Boston. Oil on canvas, 23¾ x 36 in., signed lower left: ‘Montague Dawson’. Courtesy Eldred’s. Estimate: $40/60,000 SOLD: $66,000