08-09-2014 08-09-2014
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2744M Marlborough
August 9, 2014 10:00 AMCalender

Attributed to William Bradford (Massachusetts/California, 1823-1892) Portrait of the California Clipper Ship Phantom .

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2744M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: August 10, 2014 10:00AM


Attributed to William Bradford (Massachusetts/California, 1823-1892)

Portrait of the California Clipper Ship Phantom. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, showing the three-masted vessel under nearly full sail, flying the American flag off the stern, and identified on the prow, with lighthouse, a yacht, and another clipper ship beyond, in choppy waters, and clouded sky above a pink and yellow horizon, 28 x 42 in., in a modern giltwood and gesso frame. Condition: Relined, retouch, Y-shaped tear at right center.

Provenance: Descended through the family to the current owner from Daniel or William Bacon.

Note: The Phantom was built by Samuel Lapham at Medford, Massachusetts, and launched on December 8, 1852. She was owned by Crocker & Warren of York, then by Crocker and Sturgis of Boston, and finally by N.G. and W.B. Bacon of Boston. She was a very fast sailer and many many trips to California and China. In her day the Phantom was an iconic clipper ship of the California Gold Rush days.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

scattered spots of inpainting throughout sky, and a large Y-shaped area above the vessels at c.r. to address a tear, inpainting to address craquelure in Phantom's sails, especially toward the bow, the painting overall slightly overcleaned.

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William Bacon, Massachusetts, William Bradford, Samuel Lapham, Medford, York, China