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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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VERNON GEORGE BROE (American, 1930-2011)
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Egidius Linnig (Belgium,1821-1860) oil painting antique
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Egidius Linnig (Belgium,1821-1860) oil painting antique
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James Fairman (UK,NY,CA,1826-1904) oil painting antique
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Est: $7,000- $9,000
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Carelli, Consalvo
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Bernard Lamotte, American/French 1903-1983, Le Quai, Oil on Canvas
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May 05, 11:45 AM EDT
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Hambüchen, Wilhelm
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Aivazovsky, Ivan Konstantinovich
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Kenneth Jack. Boats on the estuary. Watercolour. Signed lower left. 50cm*70cm
Apr 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Kenneth Jack. Boats on the estuary. Watercolour. Signed lower left. 50cm*70cm
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Est: AUD2,000- AUD3,000
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Robert Waltsak (NJ,b 1944) oil painting
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Joseph Frost. Harbour Bridge. Gouache on paper. 13cm x 21cm
Apr 28, 7:00 PM AEST
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Friedrich Ernst Morgenstern (German,1853-1919) oil painting antique
May 19, 11:45 AM EDT
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Regina Gregor (US,20C) oil painting
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S. Faulkner. Ship On Open Water. Oil on board, signed lower right. 47cm, 57cm
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S. Faulkner. Ship On Open Water. Oil on board, signed lower right. 47cm, 57cm
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Sellers Who Sell Maritime & Marine Paintings


Bonhams

Bonhams

Charles Miller Ltd

Charles Miller Ltd

Broward Auction Gallery LLC

Broward Auction Gallery LLC

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus