Published: August 8, 2016
By Laura Beach
MARION, MASS. — Frank McNamee of Marion Antique Auctions partnered with C. David Glynn of Turkey Creek Auctions of Citra, Fla., to offer an around-the-world assortment of fine and decorative arts on June 25.
The biannual auctions are an outgrowth of McNamee’s active appraisal practice, which keeps the expert especially busy along Massachusetts’s south coast. Marion Auctions’ latest offering featured property from the estates of Samuel Parkman “Parky” Shaw of Brookline and Wareham, Mass., and Eliot Knowles, plus works from George C. Decas and the New Bedford Whaling Museum, among other consignors.
“This was our was our sixth annual summer auction. I was always involved with estate liquidation and appraisals, but used to farm out the auction business. Then a Fairhaven, Mass., estate came up for us. It was our first auction, and a tremendous success. We added internet bidding last year,” McNamee told Antiques and The Arts Weekly. David Glynn apprenticed at Sandwich and Willis Henry Auctions before founding his auction firm, said to be central Florida’s busiest.
McNamee characterized the June 25 vendue as “a nice, diversified sale with a nautical slant, but also good silver and jewelry.” The partners were startled by the success of their top lot, a roughly 8-by-10-foot Chinese rug decorated with birds, waves and pagodas on a beige field. Estimated at $1/2,000, the rug went to the trade for $33,350 against competition from an array of phone and internet bidders. McNamee said the weaving was from a Duxbury, Mass., collection of Chinese artifacts acquired overseas by a foreign service officer in the early Twentieth Century.
Closer to home were two lots of Martha’s Vineyard interest. As expected, J.H. Nickerson’s 1874 painting of the residence of the island’s well-known “Chicken Lady,” the eccentric Nancy Luce, surpassed estimate to bring $2,185. Unexpected was the $13,800 the auctioneers got for the sign that hung outside the temporary production office for the film Jaws, shot on location in Martha’s Vineyard in 1974. As the story goes, director Steven Spielberg’s secretary salvaged the sign, which the Granary Gallery at the Red Barn in West Tisbury, Mass., later sold to the most recent consignor. Following the auction, McNamee said he was offered $16,000 from a prospective buyer in California.
Fine arts included a four-panel screen, $17,250, in a whitewashed oak frame covered with lithographed panels designed by Marc Chagall. The panels, from an edition of 100, were printed in 1960 by Mourlot of Paris. The screen had belonged to Sandra and Al Sanders, art dealers in Columbus, Ohio.
Highest among many seascapes and ship’s portraits was Antonio Jacobsen’s depiction of the combined sail and steamship The Island flying the American flag. From the Shaw estate, the work made $9,200.
Rhode Islanders of a certain age will recall Rocky Point, an amusement park on Narragansett Bay that operated from the late 1840s to 1995. A 1997 painting by Providence, R.I., artist Maxwell Mays depicting the popular spot sold for $2,875.
Sailing and yachting trophies added to the recreational spirit of the proceedings. Of note were photos and trophies from the early golf resort Pinehurst in North Carolina. Pinehurst’s first tournament, begun in 1901, was the United North and South Amateur. A 1911 sterling silver trophy won by Fred O’Connell, mayor of Fitchburg, Mass., brought $920.
Property consigned by the New Bedford Whaling Museum included a lavishly carved Federal poster bed owned by a Fairhaven, Mass., sea captain, $2,300; a Federal side chair with urn splat, $518; and a boneshaker bicycle, $4,025.
Consigned by her great-nephew, a pearl and diamond choker necklace that once belonged to collector Louisine Havemeyer crossed the block at $4,600.
Closing out the session was an 1825 H.S. Tanner atlas. Though in less than pristine condition, this important document of its time went for $13,800.
Prices reflect buyer’s premium.
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