Maritime Paintings & Works of Art

Maritime Paintings & Works of Art

Inspired at Sea

Tumultuous, unpredictable and beautiful, the sea has continued to inspire sailors, explorers, artists and craftsmen through the ages. Here we take a closer look at a few key works included in the fine selection of Maritime paintings and works of art featuring in this September's Five Centuries auction.

This September's Five Centuries auction features an intriguing range of Maritime paintings and works of art - from a wonderfully detailed depiction of a Dutch Man-O-War Under Full Sail attributed to Simon de Vlieger to a prisoner of war model of a barque, a Manner of Hogarth Portrait of  a Sea Captain to a Cary's Celestial Globe showing 'the whole of the stars and nebulae' and beautifully detailed works by Henry Scott.

Join us as we take a closer look at a few of the key Maritime pieces to be offered in our two-day Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art auction...


 

ATTRIBUTED TO SIMON DE VLIEGER | DUTCH MAN-O-WAR UNDER FULL SAIL

 

ATTRIBUTED TO SIMON DE VLIEGER | DUTCH MAN-O-WAR UNDER FULL SAIL

LOT 153 | ATTRIBUTED TO SIMON DE VLIEGER (DUTCH C.1600-1653) | DUTCH MAN-O-WAR UNDER FULL SAIL
Signed and indistinctly dated 1627?, oil on panel | 60cm x 71cm (23.5in x 28in) | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees

 

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An important and influential Dutch marine painter of the 17th century, Simon de Vlieger specialised in the detailed and precise depiction of ships and the effects of light in the sky and water.

 


 

MANNER OF WILLIAM HOGARTH | HALF LENGTH PORTAIT OF A SEA CAPTAIN

 

MANNER OF WILLIAM HOGARTH HALF LENGTH PORTAIT OF A SEA CAPTAIN A NAVAL ENGAGEMENT BEHIND

 

LOT 296 | MANNER OF WILLIAM HOGARTH | HALF LENGTH PORTAIT OF A SEA CAPTAIN A NAVAL ENGAGEMENT BEHIND
Oil on canvas, with label verso referencing Lord Hawke | 39cm x 32cm (15.5in x 12.5in) | Provenance: The Late Tony Edwards, Grange Farmhouse, St. Andrews | £3,000 - £5,000 + fees

 

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HENRY SCOTT (BRITISH 1911-2005) | THE NIGHT WATCH

HENRY SCOTT (BRITISH 1911-2005) | THE NIGHT WATCHLOT 304 | § HENRY SCOTT (BRITISH 1911-2005) | THE NIGHT WATCH
Signed, oil on canvas | 61cm x 101.5cm (24in x 40in) | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

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Known for his portrayal of British and American ships, Henry Scott's work focused on the atmosphere inspired by the ocean and the motion of vessels, giving his paintings movement and an overall realistic effect.

 


 

EARLY 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PRISONER-OF-WAR MODEL OF A BARQUE

 

EARLY 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PRISONER-OF-WAR MODEL OF A BARQUE

LOT 306 | FINE FRENCH PRISONER-OF-WAR MAHOGANY AND BONE MODEL OF A BARQUE | EARLY 19TH CENTURY
fully rigged, in a modern glazed display case | the case 73cm wide, 45.5cm high, 30cm deep, the ship approx 60cm long | £4,000 - £6,000 + fees

 

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By repute, this model was acquired from a descendant of the First Keeper of the Bass Rock Lighthouse who owned it in the early part of the 20th century.

There were two prisons in Scotland that housed Napoleonic French prisoners of war: one in Edinburgh and the other in Perth. Prisoners used what materials they could acquire to build items to sell to supplement their rations. Miniature ornaments, models and toys were typically made using straw, wood, bone and even human hair. Many of the items made were extraordinary in their complexity. The bone deck fittings and figurehead on the present lot are typical of prisoner of war work, as is the inlaid baseboard.

 


 

LATE 19TH CENTURY BRASS 3-INCH REFRACTING TELESCOPE

 

LATE 19TH CENTURY BRASS 3-INCH REFRACTING TELESCOPE

LOT 309 | CASED BRASS 3-INCH REFRACTING TELESCOPE WITH TRIPOD STAND | LATE 19TH CENTURY
unmarked, in a mahogany case | main tube 85.5cm long, case 89.5cm wide, 13cm high, 21cm deep | £400 - £600 + fees

 

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CARY'S 20-INCH CELESTIAL GLOBE

 

CARY'S 20-INCH CELESTIAL GLOBE

LOT 312 | CARY'S 20-INCH CELESTIAL GLOBE | CIRCA 1800
mounted with a brass meridian, 18 gore, the stand lacking | 20 inch diameter | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

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The circular cartouche printed on the globe reads 'Carys New and improved CELESTIAL GLOBE on which is carefully laid down the whole of the stars and nebulae contained in the astronomical catalogue of the Revd. Mr Wollaston, FRS, compiled from the authorities of Flamsteed, De La Caille, Hevelius, Mayer, Bradley, Herschil, Mashelyn, & C. with an exteufive number from the works of Mifs. Herschel. The whole adapted to the year 1800 and the limits of the constellation decriment by a boundry line. LONDON. Sold by M Berge (late Ramsden) No. 199 Picadilly Jan 1801'.

 


 

Auction Information

 

Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art

Lot: 1 to 361 - Wed, 1st Sep 2021 10:00

Lot: 362 to 639 - Thu, 2nd Sep 2021 10:00

Live Online | Viewing in Edinburgh

 

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Works of Art & Sculpture

 

The Works of Art department sells a wide variety of antique items covering nearly 400 years of European and British design. Sold as part of our Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art sale series, items offered at auction range from the esoteric to those of popular appeal and include sculpture, mechanical items, textiles, decorative objects and artworks. Primarily focused on works produced during the 18th and 19th centuries, our team of specialists and consultants are able to value and advise on the current market.

 

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