Marion Antique Auctions Summer Sale June 10

May 19, 2017
Portrait of Captain John Taber of the "Good Return".  Also offered in the sale is a whaling journal from the "Good Return" and a portrait of the Captain's daughter.

Marion — On Saturday June 10,  Marion Antique Auctions will conduct its 7th Annual Summer Sale. The auction will be held at the Marion Music Hall, which is a historic brick building located at 164 Front Street, overlooking picturesque Marion Harbor.

The contents of the Fairhaven Colonial Club will be on offer. The Colonial Club was formed over 100 years ago by a group of historic minded residents, many of whom were descendants of whaling captains. It was suggested to them by Fairhaven artist Lemuel D. Eldred to collect works by local artists and seek donations of local historical artifacts.

Over the years, the Club assembled an incredible collection which includes paintings by C. H. Gifford, William Bradford, L. D. Eldred, R. Swain Gifford and others. Many of these important works were purchased directly from the artists or the artists’ family and in some cases, are accompanied with the original bills of sale and cancelled checks.

There is also a large collection of whaling artifacts and historical ephemera. The logbook for the whaling ship “Good Return” and the portrait of its Captain John Taber are being offered in this sale, as well as period furniture, coin silver and an amazing collection of clothing. Almost every item has a strong local Fairhaven provenance.

The contents of this club are an untouched time capsule which looks back into Fairhaven and New Bedford whaling history. It is one of the finest collections to ever come up for sale in Southeastern Mass.

The Colonial Club had a special gallery dedicated to 19th century Asian, South Seas and Alaskan items brought back to Fairhaven from whaling voyages. Several important pieces in the sale are two Chinese export lacquerware valuables cabinets, three sewing boxes and a tip-top table as well as oceanic items such as a great basket from the Malay Islands brought to Fairhaven by whaling Captain Zenas Bourne.

A Christopher Columbus stoneware cooler highlights the stoneware offerings, which also includes a bird crock and yellow ware pieces. An early 19th century Yoruba African carving is one of the more interesting objects in the sale. There is a collection of 5 and 10 dollar U.S. gold pieces as well as Confederate bank notes.

Marion Antique Auctions always features interesting selection of ephemera at the end of its sale. Most items pertain to local history and this auction is no exception. There are 19th century rollup maps of Fairhaven, 18th century Commission documents, Edward Bierstadt photos, 18th and 19th century journals and documents related to Fairhaven and whaling.

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