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Top 9 maritime artworks to buy at Christie’s now

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Starboard Light

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Starboard Light by John atkinson grimshaw

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As part of its upcoming Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 8 July, Christie’s London are auctioning a series of important maritime fine art works which are perfect for a superyacht art gallery. Of particular interest to those with a fondness for nautical history, the works include depictions for original J Class yacht Endeavour, Lord Colville’s schooner Volage and a number of impressive military vessels. Click through to see our pick of the best.

Starboard Light

Finished shortly before John Atkinson Grimshaw’s death in 1893, Starboard Light is often seen as the culmination of the artist’s myriad experiments on the effects of light. Highly influenced by the Nocturne series of his friend and neighbour James McNeil Whistler, this atmospheric twilight scene of a ship against the horizon is a quintessential piece by one of Britain’s great painters.

Starboard Light (1892) by John Atkinson Grimshaw
Estimate £30,000 - £50,000, place bid here

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A Steam Yacht Entering the Harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco

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A Steam Yacht Entering the Harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco by Paul Maze

If you’re looking for some art to add a little colour to your yacht for Mediterranean charters then Paul Maze’s bright depiction of a steam yacht entering (a very small and quiet) Monte Carlo harbour could be just the thing. Maze spent much of his career painting maritime and coastal scenes around Europe and is considered a leading figure in the genre.

A Steam Yacht Entering the Harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco by Paul Maze
Estimate £4,000 - £6,000, place bid here

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The Homeward Race: Chrysolite and Havannah

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The Homeward Race: Chrysolite and Havannah by Montague dawson

One of the great sailing injustices, the magnificent galleon Chrysolite has faded into relative obscurity thanks to a series of skippers who never managed to make the most of her brilliant potential. Used to transport tea between China, the UK and Americas throughout her life, the British clipper was sailed first under Captain Enright and then Captain Alexander McLelland before coming to a sad end when she was wrecked during a hurricane off Mauritius in 1873.

The Homeward Race: Chrysolite and Havannah (Mid-20th century) by Montague Dawson
Estimate £40,000 - £60,000, place bid here

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