Hubert François Gravelot
1699-1773, French

Contes Moraux
1699-1773, French

Engraved copper plate after Gravelot, used for the title page of the book "Contes Moraux" by Jean-François Marmontel (1723-1799). Engraved in 1776 by Antoine-Jean Duclos (1742-1795) after the original design by Gravelot (1765). Engraved area 5 x 3 inches, full plate dimensions 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. The full text reads: "Contes Moraux, Par M. Marmontel, de l'Academie Francaise. A Paris / Chez Brunet Libraire, Rue des Ecrivains. M.DCC.LXXVI."


The Whalemen
1875-1962, American

A beautiful seascape by the American artist, Gordon Grant. Canvas size is 28 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, c. 1940, signed l.l., titled on backing, owned by the same family since 1971. Gordon Grant was born in California. At 13 years of age he traveled alone to Great Britain on a sailing vessel, around Cape Horn, for his education. This experience stayed with him for the rest of his life. He is most widely known for his marine paintings and fine prints.


Day Sail
1901-1981, American

This image measures 6 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches and is pencil signed, c.1930. Philip Kappel was born in Hartford, Connecticut and educated at the Pratt Institute in New York. He was employed as an artist for several shipping companies and much of his work documents these ships and their sailors. At age 26, Kappel was the youngest person ever admitted to "Who's Who in America."


The Artist's Daughter
1893-1986, American

Silverpoint on gessoed board with black, white, and red chalk, 9 3/8 x 7 1/4 inches, c. 1960, unsigned.