20 Reasons to Love Americana, Day 13

Today’s blog in our series showcasing standout examples of Americana that will be offered at the Winter Antiques Show January 19–29 at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory looks at a rare maritime painting.

Hyland Granby Antiques, Hyannis Port, Mass., specializes in marine art and one of the fine paintings the dealer will feature in its booth at the show is this rare, signed  Joseph B. Smith (American, 1798-1876) oil on canvas, depicting the schooner J.W. Seaver.

Besides being exceptionally executed, the circa 1855 painting is noteworthy as it retains its original artist label with the original nails that attached the label to the stretcher. The label reads: J.B. Smith & Son MARINE ARTISTS, NO. 43 FULTON STREET, Near Fulton Ferry, DOCKS

The schooner at full sail is depicted with wonderful detailing. It is accurately portrayed and sailors and other figures are carefully positioned. Flying high is a blue and red stripe house flag with a Masonic design while the American flag flies off the gaff. Equal attention is given to the sea, in appealing shades of green and breaking waves around the ship.

Paintings signed or labeled by Joseph Smith are very rare and this painting, which retains its original pine frame, is in great condition. The work also bears a label for Vose Galleries.

Joseph B. Smith was one of the leading American maritime painters and most of his works were done in conjunction with his son, William. Only a handful of works were signed J.B. Smith; most bear the Smith & Son label. The two worked together for years in Brooklyn, N.Y.

For more information, www.hylandgranby.com  or 508-771-3070. Make sure to visit the dealers’ booth at the Winter Antiques Show to see this and other fine maritime-themed works. For show information, www.winterantiquesshow.com or 212-987-0446.

-Andrea Valluzzo


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