“Squarerigger Nears Lighthouse” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by Gerry Dupont. Well done work by veteran scrimshander, Dupont. Imposing lighthouse marks safety for the approaching ship. Every mariner appreciates a good lighthouse.
“Bass Lighthouse” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by Claire Petrillo.Bass Harbor Head Light is a lighthouse located within Acadia National Park in the southwest portion of Mount Desert Island, Maine, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. From the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with usl
“St. George Lighthouse” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Smith. Located in northern California, St. George lighthouse has a long and colorful history. Smith has captured the strong gale force winds that sweep across this area, causing passing vessels a great deal of consternation. Ivory was used as a digging or scraping tool hundreds of years ago. This is quite an impressive work. Smith’s distinctive stipple work has never been better. Excellent stand completes the picture.
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“Lighthouse with Poppies” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by David Smith. Perhaps it is a California lighthouse, judging from the spring time poppies. Smith’s work is always so precise. Note the shadow at the rear of the structure as well as the lens in the tower. Cocobolo and mammoth ivory stand complete the picture.
“Pigeon Point Lighthouse” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth by David Smith. Artistic perspective looking slightly upwards accents the height of the well known lighthouse. Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. On the night of June 6, 1853, the clipper ship Carrier Pigeon ran aground 500 feet off shore of the central California coast. The area is now called Pigeon Point in her honor.
“Point Lowly Lighthouse” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by David Smiths. Stunning sunset portrait by Smith. His stipple technique is outstanding. Not many can match him today. The Point Lowly lighthouse was constructed in 1883 to guide ships safely through Spencer Gulf en route to Port Augusta and Port Pirie in South Australia. It was upgraded several times before being deactivated in 1993.
“Three Masted Schooner” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by Gerry Dupont. Warm tones in the ivory give the impression of sunset. Stately schooner glides past the lighthouse into the night. Nice work by Dupont, as usual.
“Bass Light and Whales” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tooth ivory by Claire Petrillo. Well known lighthouse with a pair of whales below by East Coast scrimshander, Petrillo. Not familiar with the artist but it comes from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Nice work.
“Cape Hatteras Light” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by David Smith. Simply perfect choice of subject matter for this shape of ivory. Smith’s signature stipple style of scrimshaw is perfect for this stately lighthouse that opened in 1803. Note the shadow on the right side of the lighthouse as well as the reflection on the tower. The more one studies this the more details emerge. Excellent opportunity to add a fine work to your collection created by one of the very best working today.
“Cape Lookout Light” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by David Smith. Inspired choice of subject matter for this shape of ivory. Absolutely amazing stipple work by scrimshander, Smith here. The darker shadows on the sentinel lighthouse are outstanding. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot-high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It flashes every 15 seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to sea and up to 19 miles. It is one of the very few lighthouses that operate during the day.