The Currier Lithograph is in great condition. The frame is in good condition. There is a little distress look to the frame. The lithograph is very old. It does have what appears to be a darker blue/gray color. According to references, Currier lithographs were hand-colored.
There are some wear, discoloration, and rub areas on this work. The section between the glass and back matting has some dust and small stain-like lines. Amazingly, it does not look as if this has affected the lithograph. The metal wall hanger is at the top back center of the picture. The tape on the back of the picture is old. It is holding but is a little loose in some spots. Little old nails hold the corners of the frame together.
The decorative possibilities for this gorgeous nautical work are many. It would be a great addition to a growing collection of Currier works. Also, the piece would be a great enhancement to a display shelf or glass display cabinet. The nautical collection will be that much more attractive with the addition of this beautiful work.
The collector will appreciate this lithograph because of its apparent age and great condition. Interestingly, there is no mention of Ives as of Currier & Ives.
In the bottom left corner, it reads “C Parsons, Del.”
In the middle center bottom, it reads “Clipper Ship “Comet” of New York”.
“E.C. Gardiner, Commander”
The lithograph was actually published by N. Currier.
The lithograph weighs approximately 20.2 oz.
It measures approximately 14 7/8” wide x 11 7/8” tall x .50” thick.
The candle holder is not included. It is simply for decoration and scale purposes.
Nathaniel Currier died in 1888.
No other markings are available except one exactly like this in Springfield Museums. It is the same except for the black and pinkish framing on the lithograph. It has a creation date of 1855.
It is possible this print dates to a period between 1855 - 1888.
---Please note: The information below is not given so as to convince as it is to simply show how we arrived at the above possibilities.
Some extra information from the Springfield Museums site:
“Clipper ship on stormy sea looking like it is ready to capsize onto its left and into the sea. Duplicate image and title (2004.D03 .474 FAC #1140) – the difference is that (.474) is more aqua green in ocean water.
The “Comet,” launched in July of 1851, was built primarily for the passenger and cargo trade to and from San Francisco. The main cabin was elegantly furnished with costly furniture and rich carpeting. The staterooms were especially luxurious and said to “rival on a miniature scale the best apartments in a first-class hotel.” The clipper was constructed of the best materials and iron-braced for strength. The ship was also equipped with a force-pump and 100 feet of hose, capable of throwing water to either end of the deck to suppress a fire quickly. Ironically, in 1856, bound for London from Brisbane, the clipper caught fire. The pump system failed to smother the flames. While all of the passengers and part of the crew escaped on life-boats, the mate and 17 crew members were forced to stay with the ship since there was not enough room for them in the boats. Eventually, those who stayed with the “Comet” were rescued by the “Dauntless,” but those on the lifeboats were never found.”
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