Item SCR16 - Frank Barcelos - Small Scrimshaw Plaque. 

Francisco Jose Borges Barcelos was born on the Azorean island of Terceira in 1926 and died in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1993.  A “larger than life” artist he was presenting shows of his paintings and scrimshaw in his native Azores and in Lisbon as a young man.  He emigrated to the United States and became a prolific and important scrimshander through the last half of the 20th Century, working mainly in New Bedford and Fall River.  His work is collected over the world and is held by many museums and the Vatican.  He engraved scrimshaw for President John F. Kennedy.  This example of his work depicts a full rigged whale ship with a full complement of whale boats slung in typical wooden davits (a features often lacking in scrimshaw).  It is exceedingly well engraved on a piece of well mineralized and old fossil walrus ivory that measures just3 inches long and 2 ¼ inches high.  The ship is incredibly detailed and competent on all of that detail.  It is signed “Frank B. (Ŧ).  The trailing symbol was used after his induction into the Prince Henry Society of Fall River, an honor of the Portuguese community in which he lived.  The small plaque includes the original stand provided by Barcelos.  Fine.

Price -   $250.00

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