On April 14 at Bonhams, a London-based fine art auction house, a significant private American collection of maritime paintings, ephemera and models will be sold in New York. Entitled "An Important Maritime Collection, Including Maritime Paintings and Shipbuilders' Models," the auction features more than 100 lots, and the collection in its entirety is estimated to realize in excess of $1.4 million.
"This collection represents an important vignette into ship design and maritime history from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, charting the evolution from sail to the steam era," says Gregg Dietrich, head of maritime collections.
A key model in the collection, and one to entice the international ship model collecting community, is a fine shipbuilders' model of the French Line passenger liner La Champagne(circa 1885). Another notable model is rare ship cutaway model of the R.M.S. Ascania(circa 1925).
The collection also includes a well-curated section of maritime paintings by Anthony D. Blake depicting ships Britannia and Vigilanton crystal seas expected to fetch $30,000 to $50,000; and an early work by American artist Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen depicting the fierce waters off the coast of Cornwall dates from 1877 and carries an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.
For information or photos, contact Staci Smith at (917) 345-5157 or Richard Pike at (917) 206-1644.