JULY 18, 2020 - Rafael Osona Auctions offers fine art, seaside furnishings and décor from the summer Shawkemo Hills, Nantucket Estate of Jennie K. Scaife, formerly of Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills and Nantucket, with additions. Over 400 lots are included in this capricious, eccentric and playfully elegant collection.
Lot 93, Nicola Simbari, Porto D'Ischia, Oil on Canvas; Estimate $3,000-$5,000
Yachtsmen and glitterati alike will aspire to Nicola Simbari’s “Porto D’Ischia” a Neo-Impressionist hot-summer view of a famed, Ischia beach. Pop artist Helmet Koller’s Red Eyed Tree Frogs edges on playful. “Still Life in Blue” by John Powell and a striking Pair of 19th c. Theorems offer unanticipated movement and color.
Ten plein air paintings by contemporary Nantucket & NYC artist, Illya Kagan top a significant selection of Nantucket Art spanning early 20th-21st centuries, including paintings by the undisputed dean of the Nantucket Artist Colony, Frank Swift Chase, six paintings by James Francis Barker, as well as works by Andrew Shunney, Roy Bailey and Robert Stark Jr. Don’t miss ten watercolor paintings by Doris & Richard Beer or John Austin's iconic “Polly’s Place” plus C. Robert Perrin, Michael Keane, and others.
Bidders looking for atmospherics and soft washes of color will be well impressed by Gerald Taber’s mid-century take on Nantucket’s Old South and Island Service Wharves. Also of note is a hand colored block print by esteemed American printmaker Eliza Draper Gardner.
Lot 54, Nest of Eight Bill and Judy Sayle Round Open Swing Handle Nantucket Baskets, 1983; Estimate $3,000-$5,000
Rafael Osona Auctions has long been the go-to source among collectors, students and traders of Nantucket Baskets, and this sale offers some choice ones. A sought after José Formoso Reyes ebony and whale ivory lidded Friendship Basket tops July 18th offerings including two nests and 20 in. serving tray by Bill & Judy Sale.
Scaife’s vast waterfront grounds and pavilion housed 8 lots of Gloster Teak garden furniture. There’s wicker, rattan and nearly a dozen Porcelain Garden Stool lots.
Furnishings & Decor
Blue and White abounds in upholstered furnishings and accessories, but it far from trumps this custom-restored 19th c. blond mahogany, and mother of pearl, abalone and Seashell Encrusted Chaise Lounge or the impressive Vintage Alfonso Marina Dominica II Multi-Wood Inlaid Center Table.
Lot 232, Maitland Smith Double Dory Glass Top Cocktail Table; Estimate $300-$500
Birds and bees alike will flock to a Hippolyte Boulanger & Cie Choisy-le-Roi Majolica Porcelain 19th C. Jardinière – it’s a showstopper, as is an especially ship-shape Maitland Smith Double Dory Glass Top Cocktail Table - perfect for seaside décor - alongside ship’s wheels and a signed pair of 19th c. Captain’s Spyglasses.
Look for Steuben, Lalique, Christofle, sterling flatware, vintage quilts, lamps, a 112 piece table service among 4 lots of Henroit Quimper, décor including a Georgian Mahogany circa 1800 and a variety of other Chests of Drawers, tea caddies, andirons, case goods and carpets.
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