Jackie Sideli reviews, Catalog Photos Courtesy Eldred
EAST DENNIS MASS. Robert C. Eldred Co. held a marine art auction on October 15. It featured the legendary scrimshaw collection by Thomas Mittler. Nina Hellman, a Nantucket dealer, published a book about it.
Hellman and Mittler met at the Winnetka antiques fair in Illinois. The renowned dealer assisted Mittler with his collection. Hellman stated just before the auction that it would be an interesting sale.
The Mittler collection had 60 lots at the auction. All the remainder will go to two separate auctions in 2017. The sale included yachting items from Robert Tiedemann, Newport, R.I. and several owners. After the auction ended, Frank spoke briefly with Stuart Frank, New Bedford Whaling Museum curator, and said that “Eldreds did …….