Published: March 6, 2017
BOSTON, MASS. — Skinner’s March 4 Americana sale had a collection of whalebone canes and scrimshaw, including a rare scrimshawed whale’s tooth by Frederick Myrick, considered by most to be one of the masters of the art form, which sold for $110,700.
The tooth depicted the New Bedford whaleship Frances and was carved off the coast of Peru, circa 1829–30, while Myrick was a seaman on the whaleship, Susan, also out of New Bedford. Myrick is believed to have done about 30 scrimshawed teeth, but only two depict the Frances. This tooth is illustrated in the catalog raisonne of Myrick’s work. A pair of mid-Nineteenth Century teeth attributed to the “Banknote Engraver” with a “Sailor’s Farewell” scene finished at $20,910 and many of the whalebone canes sold for multiples of their estimates.
The sale included 27 pieces of mocha from the Jonathan Rickard collection, property deaccessioned from Historic Deerfield, numerous folk art paintings, painted and early furniture, marine paintings, early glass, stoneware and more.
A complete report on the auction will follow in an upcoming edition.
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