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Nautical paintings may sail away with top lot honors

Everything from marine paintings and model ships to Queen Anne walnut highboy will vie for top lot status during the Aug. 24 sale at Kaminski Auctions.

BEVERLY, Mass. — It’s full steam ahead for Kaminski Auctions Annual Nautical and Americana auction, Aug. 24, 2014, starting at 10 a.m. at the Kaminski auction gallery, 117 Elliot Street, Rt. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.

Coole Boston from Chelsea painting

Oil on board, view of Boston from Chelsea shore, circa 1850, by Brian Coole is one of many pieces by marine artists. Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

The sale features an exciting selection of nautical paintings from several important marine artists, plus there are a pair of America’s Cup paintings of the Royal Yacht Squadron racing off Cowes, thought to be from the circle of Nicholas Matthew Condy (1815-1851). An engraving by C. Mottram depicting Boston Harbor circa 1857 is estimated at $1,500 to $2,500, and a second important engraving by Martins After Garneray, titled “Preche De La Baline — The Whale Fishery,” is estimated at $1,000 to $1,500.

Ship model collectors will be interested in a builder’s model of the Santo Paulo for Grace Line Inc., produced by Boucher Lewis Precision Models. The piece is an exact replica and measures 85 3/4 inches long by 21 inches high. It is estimated
at $5,000 to $7,000, while a circa 1950s Windsor Castle ship model is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

Americana collectors will not want to miss a Massachusetts carved eagle with a single board wingspan, from the Charlestown Navy Yard circa 1755-75, which is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Important American furniture in the sale includes an 18th century block front Chippendale mahogany desk, with fancy interior, descended from the Governor Winthrop family. An early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy by Samuel Sewall of York, Maine, circa 1755, will also feature in the auction, and is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.

For more information or to sign up to bid, visit or call 978-927-2223.

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