Maritime Gloucester DECK THE DOCKS!

Please join us this weekend and next at our Holiday by the Sea Gift Shop. The shop is full of beautiful creative gifts from local artist and photographers. Plus lots of our regular inventory, including books and a whole section 50% off. Saturday and Sunday, December 12, 13, 19 and 20th 10 AM to 4 PM.

We also have some great Winter Lights at Maritime Gloucester.

Have a few trees left too.

Examples of products for sale, remember to please shop local

As of Monday, December 14th, 2020 will be the last day to order any of my products to be able to get before Christmas.  Thank you so much for all your support and shopping local.


Boxed puzzles

Fleece Blankets

Thank you all and there are also coasters, placemats, calendars and beach towels.  You can purchase through me directly or Arts Abound 21 C Lexington Street, Village of Magnolia, Gloucester, MA and my calendars are at Pauline’s Gifts 512 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA. and on Saturday from 9 – 12 at the Magnolia Historical Society 46 Magnolia Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA


Now what?

Cape Ann Home

If a move is right for you and your family, it’s right, no matter what’s going on. But if you’re not sure, sometimes it’s better to sit tight.
We hope this helps.
Bob, Sue & Jeff McDermott • Kenny MacCarthy • Gibson Sotheby’s International

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Friends of Sawyer Free open mini Book Nook at library

Are you looking for some books to get you through the winter season, a holiday cookbook or maybe a gift?  The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are here for you! While our Book Shop is temporarily closed, we have our new mini “Book Nook” with a smaller selection of gently used fiction and audio books as well as DVDs. The “Book Nook” is located to the left of the main desk. Come in and browse our selections at your convenience. All proceeds are used to benefit the Sawyer Free Library. Thank you for your continued support and have a joyous and safe holiday season.

Colleen Hogan Lopez shares an update from Friends of Sawyer Free Library

Iconic Edward Hopper SOLD for $700,000 at Sotheby’s- Gloucester Factory and House – bird’s eye view of Cripple Cove and Gorton’s smokehouse on E. Main St. (now Capt. Joe & Sons and GMG HQ) from Horchow collection #GloucesterMA

A classic Edward Hopper inspired by Gloucester will be sold at Sotheby’s auction this morning*. Architectural and natural elements in the drawing remain recognizable today. The scene overlooks the same house on East Main, Capt. Joe & Sons, and Cripple Cove (see then/now comparison photos below). The Gorton’s factory building there burned down. Cripple Cove playground is the green on the right of the Hopper image.

The drawing last changed hands in 1989 when the Horchows purchased the drawing from Kennedy Galleries in New York. Will it land in another private collection or an institution?

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Gloucester Factory and House, 1924, watercolor and pencil on paper, 14″ x 20″, from the Carolyn & Roger Horchow collection (Dallas,TX) They purchased the drawing in 1989 from Kennedy Galleries, NYC.

Lot 8 estimate $800,000-$1,200,00 currently at $600,000 bid before the auction opens

*Update- With just 56 lots to sell and two withdrawn ahead of sale, Lot 8 came up quickly with a few competing bids and a hammer price of $700,000 ($867,000 with fees), below estimate.

Many lots before and after were short of estimate or passed (unsold) including a Winslow Homer watercolor which was “reoffered” by pausing the bidding on the final lot #56 to return to Lot #16 (which sold for 2 million hammer price) before moving back to the final lot, an Edward Willis Refield (which sold for $250,000). That whoopsie “reoffer” is highly unusual**. The auction house scrambled to bring that phone bidder forward before the close of the sale. A second Homer watercolor passed at 850,000.

The Sotheby’s December 11, 2020 auction offered a variety of American art from various collections. The sale results were a mixed bag of purchases, passes, and pulled works. Only one work sold far above estimate, thanks to a bidding war, a western scene by John F. Clymer. Scroll below the Hopper and Gloucester images to see the Homer.

above photo: Catherine Ryan

above: page from Edward Hopper all around Gloucester by Catherine Ryan, 2010

above: Sotheby’s catalogue entry page

In 2017, Christies sold a Rockefeller Hopper painting, Cape Ann Granite, also in December, which I wrote about here: Bring it Home.

**December 11, 2020 Winslow Homer Lot 16 sold at Sotheby’s after passing first in the live sale and then “Reoffered” before the close of sale. For both the first and second offer window, the bid opened at 1.8 million. In the first round the bidding went back and forth, but “passed” at 2.2 million, presumably failing to meet reserve or presale estimate (2.5 – 3.5 million). Before the final lot of the sale, the auctioneer annouced a “re-offer” for Lot 16 after the audio went silent for a brief time. The drawing was sold to a buyer placing a phone bid for 2 million hammer price (2,440,000 after fees), less than the “pass” of the first time through. This move is nearly an aftersale during the sale. Perhaps the first time around the buyer was late to the call or there was confusion determining the “up to” amount, factoring in the fees.

Property from a Prominent Private Collection

Winslow Homer

1836 – 1910

Two Girls on the Beach, Tynemouth

signed Winslow Homer and dated 1881 (lower left)

watercolor and pencil on paper

14 1/8 by 20 inches

Cemetery Stroll Through Wesleyan Cemetery

We came upon the Wesleyan Cemetery on Wesley St in Riverdale on a recent drive-around and had to go back and explore a bit. Find A Grave listed two requests for photos and off we went in search of those gravestones.

According to my copy of A Guide to Cemeteries in Essex County, Massachusetts from the Essex Society of Genealogists (1991), the Wesleyan Cemetery is private and has been run from about 1805 (it’s noted with a ? so I assume that’s an educated guess) but it does not feel like an “old” cemetery. It is small and well kept. Pathways are clear and there’s an interesting mixture of old and more modern gravestones. As you will see in the pictures, older grave sites have modern markers which indicates to me that someone in the modern era wanted those people to be remembered.

The Guide also says: “Sawyer Free Library (Gloucester) has a list of the original proprietors. Wesley Tucker is the treasure of the corporation and has lot owners’ names, but no listings of burials except what can be see on stones.” I did note a Wesley Tucker tombstone from recent years so I am hoping his vault of information hasn’t been lost. Regardless, thanks to Wesley Tucker for his efforts!

Although we did not find the stones we sought, I did run into an old “friend” in the Tyne family plot: Gordon A. Tyne whom I featured in a Memorial Day post you can find here. You will see that in the pictures below. It’s a wonderfully comforting place and I encourage you to stop by.

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