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Maritime & Marine Paintings

The terms maritime and marine art are often used interchangeably. Treated rigorously, marine art is any type of painting, sculpture, or other art that has to do with the sea, and maritime art includes images of ocean-going vessels. Maritime paintings were produced mainly from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

These paintings can be rich and detailed with believable depth; or swift, painterly gestures of color conveying light and atmosphere. Many also come especially from countries with a strong relationship to the sea. Artists in the Netherlands produced many maritime paintings in the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s. In "The Fighting Temeraire," 1839, English artist J.M.W. Turner acknowledged Britain’s weakening naval power.

Often, maritime art is included in larger sales, rather than as a stand-alone category. For example, at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, American antiques sales usually include a few works of maritime art. Similarly, the Old Masters drawings and paintings sales often include maritime works.


Quick Facts

  • Bonhams, unlike other major auction houses, holds stand-alone sales of paintings in the marine and maritime categories
  • Bonhams London sold Charles Napier Hemy, "The Crab Pots," 1904, for £120,000 on February 19, 2008
  • On April 15, 2015, the same company sold Philip John Ouless' "The Jersey trading schooner Sea Bird heading out from Gorey Harbour, Jersey, with Mont Orgueil Castle beyond," 1874, for £27,500

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Marin Marie 1901-1987
Dec 06, 6:00 PM AWST
Marin Marie 1901-1987
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD2,000- AUD4,000
AUD15,00037 Bids
Antique "Stormy Seas" Oil on Canvas Painting
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Antique "Stormy Seas" Oil on Canvas Painting
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$30012 Bids
Carl Nordstrom (MA,1876-1965) oil painting
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
Carl Nordstrom (MA,1876-1965) oil painting
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $750- $950
$5256 Bids
Richard Henry Nibbs (1816-1893)
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
Richard Henry Nibbs (1816-1893)
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£2205 Bids
CONSTANT PERMEKE (1886-1952)
Dec 06, 2:00 PM CET
CONSTANT PERMEKE (1886-1952)
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,9004 Bids
Antique Dutch Windmills Oil on Canvas Painting
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Dutch Windmills Oil on Canvas Painting
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1503 Bids
William Pierce Stubbs (American, 1842-1909) The Schooner William E. Downes
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
William Pierce Stubbs (American, 1842-1909) The Schooner William E. Downes
by Freeman's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,9003 Bids
C. Barleben Oil on Board Harbour Scene Painting
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
C. Barleben Oil on Board Harbour Scene Painting
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896–1978) September Morning, Gloucester, MA
Dec 04, 2:00 PM EST
Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896–1978) September Morning, Gloucester, MA
by Freeman's
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,2002 Bids
Charles Levier (French/American, 1920-2003) Petit Port
Dec 05, 12:00 PM EST
Charles Levier (French/American, 1920-2003) Petit Port
by Freeman's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5502 Bids
GREGORY Arthur Victor (1867-1957), 'The SS Wandilla - Crossing The Bight,' 1913., W/Clr & Gouache, 30x53cm
Dec 04, 10:00 AM AEDT
GREGORY Arthur Victor (1867-1957), 'The SS Wandilla - Crossing The Bight,' 1913., W/Clr & Gouache, 30x53cm
by Davidson Auctions
Est: AUD700- AUD1,200
AUD7002 Bids
Tug Boats Along The East River, Levasseor, N.Y.C. 1950s
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Tug Boats Along The East River, Levasseor, N.Y.C. 1950s
by Kensington Estate Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$902 Bids
ALLCOT John Charles (1888-1973), 'R.M.S. Narkunda,' 1921., W/Clr, 23.5x33cm
Dec 04, 10:00 AM AEDT
ALLCOT John Charles (1888-1973), 'R.M.S. Narkunda,' 1921., W/Clr, 23.5x33cm
by Davidson Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1302 Bids
Dean Ellis (NY,1920-2009) gouache painting
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
Dean Ellis (NY,1920-2009) gouache painting
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $525- $675
$2601 Bid
"St. Tropez" Oil on Canvas, 1960s
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
"St. Tropez" Oil on Canvas, 1960s
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
William Calcott Knell (1830-1880). A Small Oil on Canvas: Marine scene with sailing boats hauling in
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
William Calcott Knell (1830-1880). A Small Oil on Canvas: Marine scene with sailing boats hauling in
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £200- £400
£1701 Bid

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