Moonlight Run


“Moonlight Run” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by David Smith. Just when you think you have seen all of the best scrimshaw, something like this turns up  and all you can do is just say, “Wow!” Smith has taken it to another level this time with his stipple work, subtle shading and creation of a mysterious ship highlighted by a full moon in turbulent seas. This could be a “ghost ship” of old sea tales. You can feel the power of the howling wind and waves as the massive vessel heads straight at you. Take the time to study all of the details here and every time you look you will discover something new. Can’t praise this one enough. Mounted on a perfect stand (a work of art itself) this will be the centerpiece of any serious scrimshaw collection.

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