September 24, 2021


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Portrait of the schooner yacht Palmer by J.E. Buttersworth, part of Eldred's Marine Salewww.eldre.......

Portrait of the schooner yacht Palmer by J.E. Buttersworth, part of Eldred’s Marine Sale

East Dennis, Mass. – Paintings by James Edward Buttersworth and Antonio Jacobsen and scrimshaw by Edward Burdett and Josiah Sheffield are some of the headliners at Eldred’s annual summer Marine Sale, scheduled for August 19 and 20, 2021 at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.


“As the only U.S. auction house with a dedicated Marine department, we take great pride in curating our bi-annual Marine Sales,” said Joshua Eldred, president of the firm. “Every sale is different, but I feel this is one of the better-balanced sales we’ve had in several years. Scrimshaw is well-represented as usual, but it is nicely complimented by a fine selection of paintings, instruments and models.”


More than 150 paintings will be offered, ranging from important 18th and 19th Century examples from the canon of maritime art, including works by Buttersworth, Jacobsen, William Bradford, Joseph B. Smith and Robert Salmon, to paintings by renowned contemporary marine artists like Timothy Thompson, Thomas Hoyne and Patrick O’Brien.


Highlights include four works by James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894), notably two circa 1870 portraits of the schooner yacht Palmer, owned by Rutherford Stuyvesant. One depicts the yacht racing off Staten Island and the other the yacht off the cliffs of Dover, and both exhibit the moody, dramatic backdrop typical in Buttersworth paintings. …….