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A Selection of Merchant Steamers without sails of all countries (from 1880 on) - Updated

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Image of China Trade Painting

China Trade artist - Ship Portrait of the Steamer *Teresa* ca. 1885 The English Vessel in the Southern Chinese Sea at calm weather - unsigned - Oil on very thin canvas - 43 x 57 cm - very good condition, not relined and original frame Private Collection in Bremen, Germany

Note: The Chinese did not manage to show something elso than a profile view of the depicted ship, but this view did often include a lot of details and the exact features of the specific sailing or steam vessel. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Tug boat painting by Antonio Jacobsen

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the two-masted American Tug Boat "Ocean King - L. Luckenbach 8 South St. NY" 1886, the vessel from New York is shown under full steam at fair weather - Oil on canvas - 56 x 92 cm (22x36 inch) - signed, inscribed with title and address and dated good condition, period frame Private Collection USA

Note: The Screwtug "Ocean King" was built 1884 at Neafie & Kevy in Philadelphia for L. Luckenbach in New York City. It measured 109.0 x 21.0 x 12.5 and is listed with 201 tons. The sketch for this ship is in the Jacobsen index (please refer to Sniffen p. 224 No. 10) and held in the Mariners` s Museum, VA. A similar painting (or this painting) is listed itself under No. 11 in this book. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



Decorated Ostrich Egg

Ship Portrait of the British Steamer "Karamania", executed in Oil on an Ostrich Egg, South Africa ca. 1885-90, the egg mounted with a brass feet with leaf decoration and a final mount - Total height 36 cm (14 inch), Diameter of egg 14 cm (5 1/2 inch) - patina at egg and feet, at the (undecorated) back of the egg one older repair, cleaned and small loss of paint in the picture restored, in good condition, ready to display - Maritime Museum Collection, USA

Note: Available for our clients (only). The British steamship "Karamania" was built in 1883 by D. & W. Henderson in Glasgow, Scotland and owned by Barrow S.S. Co. in Barrow, UK. It was measured at 2045 tons and appears in Lloyds Shipping Registers (TM) from 1885 until 1900. Decorated Ostrich Eggs - originally decorated in the 19th Century with a ship portrait - appears quite rarely on the market. It appears that there was only one or a few artists only in Capetown, South Africa who used this medium. The execution of the painting is ok but does not show an academy or artist background, e.g. such as the Captain`s Cups (porcelain mugs with ship portraits) done in Germany. This can be more considered as a sort of Maritime Folk Art. Nevertheless it is from our opinion an unusual and interesting item for a marine or ship portrait collection, especially because a large number of 19th C. ships stopped at Capetown, but the Captains did rarely bring anything with them from this area. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



Image of China Trade Ship Portrait

China Trade Artist in Hong Kong - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer INGRABAN from Heiligenhafen, ca. 1890, the vessel at anchor in the Chinese Sea off Hongkong with the harbor, the city and the coastal mountains beyond - Oil on silk - 45 x 59 cm (17 3/4 x 23 1/4 in.) - The Werder Collection, Germany

Note: The Steamer *Ingraban* was built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg for the Shipping Company J.P.Massmann & Co of Heiligenhafen. This small shipping company ran three ships on the route to China. A sister ship was the INGO. The INGRABAN was sold to Japan in 1900 and was renamed YOKO MARU. She met her fate in December 1901 in the port of Osaka, being destroyed through fire. Click on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Yorke Painting

W.H. Yorke - Ship Portrait of the Steamer *Feringur* 1894 The Danish vessel shown at sea with an unidentified British coastline (near Liverpool) beyond - 50 x 74 cm - signed "W.H. Yorke" and dated - good condition, original frame Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: The artist did not like to paint steamers because he thought the old fashioned sailing ships are more beautiful. Nevertheless this is a good quality work by him showing all his artistic performance. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the Belgian Steamer "Philippeville" 1900, the vessel under full steam at sea with a sailing ship in the background, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm, good condition, the possession of the Shipping Line in Antwerp, Belgium

Note: A smaller Mohrmann painting with nice colours and in the original gilted frame. The artist executed at least five works with vessels of this company (their names were all ending with "-ville"). Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Italian Pierhead Painter in Naples (19/20th Century) - Ship Portrait of the British Freight Steamer "Tosno", ca. 1900, the vessel at fair weather off the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, good condition, Private Collection in Northern Germany

Note: Oilpainting by the Neapolitan Artists are rare, they worked mainly in Gouache. This painting shows very nice the typical light colors used by these Southern Italian Pierhead Painters. Click here or on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.




Image of Holm Ship Portrait

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the *Vaderland* 1901 The RED STAR Liner bound for New York Oil on canvas 75 x 130 cm (30 x 50 in.) signed lower right "A. Jacobsen" and dated "1901" and further inscribed "31 Palisade Av. West Hoboken" good condition, modern gold frame - Belgian Collection

Note: A extra large and very detailled ship portrait by Antonio Jacobsen of the famous Anglo-Belgian steamer at calm sea. Please note that the darker sections (eg. in the sky) are a result of artifical light, because this photo was taken on the "Euroantica" fair in Antwerp. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



Mohrmann painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the Belgian Steamer "Euphrates" ca. 1905 - shown under full steam heading for Turkey off a coastline with other vessels in the background - signed lower left "H. Mohrmann" - Oil on canvas, 42 by 67 cm (16 1/2 by 26 1/2 inch) - regilded old frame - good condition - European Collection

Note: The ensign of the shipping company and the background coastline has not yet been identified. This is a typical work by Mohrmann from the early years of the 20th Century. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Italian Pierhead Painter - Ship Portrait of the Norwegian Steamer "Hansa", ca. 1900-1905, the vessel under full speed at sea - inscribed with title at bottom center - Gouache - 42 x 64 cm (16 1/2 x 25 1( in.) - good condition, original frame - Collection in Northern Germany

Note: The construction of the vessel is typical for freight steamers build in the first years of the 20th Century. Click here or on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer AUGUSTUS 1906 Portrait of the steamer at open sea with an Antwerp Pilot Schooner in the foreground - Oil on canvas 60 x 100 cm (23 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.) signed "H. Mohrmann" and dated The Werder Collection

Note: This pilot boat appears - as a typical feature - at several ship portraits of John Henry Mohrmann. Click on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Jacobsen Painting

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the American Red Star Liner "Finland" in New York Harbor off the Statue of Liberty 1906, the vessel is starting its transatlantic voyage to Antwerp (Belgium), signed and dated "A. Jacobsen 1906" lower left, Oil on canvas laid down on panel, 56 x 91 cm (22 x 36 in), good condition - Private Collection USA

Note: A sketch and smaller oil of the Finland by Jacobsen is in the Mariners Museum (VA) - please refer to Sniffen. The Passenger "Finland" was in service for the Red Star Line New York from 1902-1928. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



Image of Jensen Painting

Alfred Jensen - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer "Paula Blumberg" 1907, the steamer from Hamburg is shown off Heligoland with a German sailing vessel in the background, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 57 x 85 cm, very good condition, not relined, original gilt frame (Art Noveau Design), the possession of a Private Collector in Bremen, Northern Germany

Note: A typical composition by the artist with bright colors, a realistic sea and decorative background elements. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.




Image of Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer "Rhakotis" 1907, the steamer of Hamburg (Kosmos Line) shown on his way to Chile in the Channel off dover cliffs with another steamer in the background, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Bremen, Northern Germany

Note: Mohrmann painted (at least) a second painting of this vessel which shows it in the typical broad side view. Click on the image to enlarge the picture. Photo Copyright of all images is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the Danish DFDS Steamer "Nicolai II" 1909, the vessel is shown in the Harbor of Antwerp with a local boat in the foreground, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Berlin, Germany

Note: The church shown in the distance is visible on nearly all paintings by Henry Mohrmann with a view of Antwerp in the background. Click on the image to enlarge the picture. Photo Copyright of the image is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Italian Pierhead Painter in Naples (20th Century) - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer TERMINI (of Hamburg) Capt. Müller, ca. 1910, the vessel is shown in the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond inscribed with title in the center - Gouache - 45 x 64 cm (17 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.) - The Werder Collection

Note: Der Dampfer *Termini* wurde 1906 in Ablasserdam von Smit für die Reederei Rob. M. Sloman jr. (Hamburg) erbaut. Neubau vom 12.3.1906. Länge 81,6 m, Breite 10,98 m, Tiefe 5,57 m, 1523 BRT, Dreifach-Expansions-Dampfmaschine, 1000 PS. Als Kapitän fuhren G. Müller von 1907/13 und G. Hansen bis zur Auslieferung 1920. Click here or on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Adam Painting

Edmond Adam - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer "Osnabrück (of) Hamburg, Capt. E. Sparmann 1911", the vessel under full steam off the French coast with a Bark approaching - signed "Ed. Adam", dated "1912" and inscribed with title - Oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm - good condition - Private Collection in Berlin, Germany

Note: Typically for the paintings of the sons is the inscription in the center, which has rarely been done by the father. The name of the steamer is shown again at the bow. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



H. Shimidzu (Japanese, fl. 1920s) - Ship Portrait of the Steamer "Canadian Transporter" off Yokohama 1923, with Mount Fuji and a the harbour in the background - Oil and Gouache on Silk - 34 x 49 cm (13 1/4 x 19 in) - with frame 45 x 60 cm (17 3/4 x 23 5/8 in) - signed "H. Shimidzu, 1923" lower left - good condition, with UV-Protection Acrylglass - period gold frame - Oporto Collection Portugal

Note: Typical ship portrait artists appeared in Japan only in the 20th Century. The first pierhead painter was Shimidzu who was located in Yokohama and created a number of small or medium size oil paintings on silk and also watercolours. His well done works usually depict steamers or motorships and often he added some local background (typically Mount Fuji). Later he was followed by T. Hagiwara . Shimidzu is represented in the Peabody Museum Salem, mentioned in their Catalogue and in other literature about Marine Artists. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Antonio De Simone - Ship Portrait of the *Kaiser* Capt. Lerchau c. 1895 The German Mail and Passenger Steamer of the DOAL Line Hamburg at sea Gouache 43 x 63 cm inscribed Private Collection in Northern Germany

Note: There are some reflections from the glass in the sky section of this photo. Click here or on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.


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