Sale 11AM02 | Lot 15

Italian School

Catalogue: American Furniture & Decorative Arts
Italian School

Lot Details

Lot 15
Italian School
19th Century
The Bark "Civilian" Leaving the Port of Messina, Captain Smith, March 1857
Inscribed as titled, dated March 1857 and signed Giuseppe Celi dipinze along the lower margin
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches

This vessel, depicted leaving Messina, Italy, flies a Masonic flag on the mast at left, indicating that the ship's owner or captain was a Freemason. The square and compass is one of the best-known Masonic symbols, signifying reason and faith. Included in the permanent collection of the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA, is a similar work, depicting The Bark Isaac Rich flying a Masonic flag, painted in 1876 by Luigi Renault, marine painter to King Victor Emanuel.

C Estate of Sondra Blewer

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Sold for $5,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Heavy craquelure, dirty varnish. Tiny dent at upper right quadrant. Surface grime. Area of inpaint above flag at center, roughly 3 x 4 inches and few other tiny spots of inpaint in sky. Not examined out of frame.


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Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Sold for $5,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts

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