Review and Onsite Photos By Rick Russack
NANTUCKET, MASS. – Perhaps not surprisingly, Rafael Osona’s August 4 sale offered a selection of Nantucket furniture, Nantucket silver, Nantucket baskets, paintings of Nantucket, scrimshaw and other marine arts and more. There is no internet bidding, so the salesroom was packed. There were also numerous absentee and phone bids. Osona runs a fast-paced, entertaining auction in a vintage American Legion hall, just a short distance from the waterfront. He was at the podium for 7½ hours without a pause.
Bringing the highest price of the day was a painting by Anne Ramsdell Congdon (1873-1958), “Yerxa’s Boat Shop,” on the Nantucket waterfront. It was a colorful painting with a red clapboard building, calm blue water and white boats parked at the dock. Her works were included in a 1946 exhibit mounted by the Artists Association of Nantucket, and the painting sold to a phone bidder for $72,000. Another Nantucket painting, this one by Richard Hayley Lever (1876-1958), “Nantucket Harbor,” finished at $32,400. Lever’s works hang in the White House as well as in numerous museums and have been included in many exhibitions between 1913 and 2010. Selling for $48,000 was a French harbor scene, “Trouville, Le Bac de Deauville,” by Eugene Louis Boudin (1824-1898). Boudin was one of the earliest French plein-air painters, known for …….