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Ocean Currents - July-August Newsletter

In this issue's sale, we head for the ocean, starting with a popular vintage pictorial map of Nantucket and a painting of fish and shells by one of the island's prominent artists, Harriet Lord. Two contrasting approaches to incorporating marine life into designs are taken in two prints: a meticulous symmetrical arrangement of tiny shells from Albertus Seba in the 18th century, and a flowing turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau design of fish and seaweed by Anton Seder. We also are offering an oil painting of an Art Deco yacht, and a 1930s Art Deco table globe whose cartography includes ocean currents.

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Sale prices in effect through August 20, 2020.


Artist Ruth Sutton’s Nantucket is the most popular pictorial map of the island printed in the 20th Century. This colorful nautical themed pictorial map of Nantucket is illustrated with local flora, fauna, boats, lighthouses, important buildings, as well as literary and historical events. Originally issued in 1946, this example is the 1980 third printing. Regularly $1,100, sale price $975. More information.


This gouache painting of fish and shells is by Harriet Lord, another artist closely associated with Nantucket. It is rendered in Lord's characteristic painterly style to convey the shimmering surfaces, as shown in the detail below. Regularly $2,100, sale price $1,900. More information.


Albertus Seba was a wealthy Dutch collector who assembled the premiere 18th-century collector's cabinet of natural history, and had it documented in a spectacular series of engravings titled Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri. In this plate, seashells are arranged in an elaborate symmetrical design. Elegantly framed with an elaborate French mat. Regularly $2,250, sale price $2,000. More information.


Anton Seder incorporated plants and animals into elaborate and innovative designs between 1896 and 1909, at the height of Art Nouveau, which he published as chromolithographs in his Animal in Decorative Art Series. This plate weaves together fish and sinuous strands of seaweed. Regularly $750, sale price $675. More information.


An Art Deco motorized yacht at sea flies the American flag and three triangular blue and white burgees. This oil painting is by Luigi Papaluca, a mid-20th-century Italian artist who emigrated to the United States. Regularly $1,250, sale price $1,100. More information.


C.S. Hammond & Co.'s 9-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe features a wealth of nautical information, including steamship routes and ocean currents, some of which are labeled, like “Mexican (July) Monsoon.” Made in Brooklyn in the 1930s, it is mounted on a Bakelite stand with a streamlined tubular meridian in the Art Deco style popular at the time. Regularly $900, sale price $800. More information.