A fine 19th century reverse glass painting on glass of USS Perseverense (note the misspelling on the actual painting). Dating to the mid nineteenth century and housed within its handsome, original birds eye maple frame, this is ready to hang on your study wall.
This beautiful maritime painting was reverse painted on a sheet of old bubbled glass, which was then backed with another painted panel of glass (double pane) - making this a heavy piece. The final effect is very pleasing with the ship set at anchor upon the choppy ocean; US flag billowing in the offshore breeze. We see a sailing boat rowing towards the textured rocks. Two well dressed gentleman look out from the base of lighthouse in wonder of the vessel before them. All set within an eglomise border. The name U.S.S.p.Perseverense is etched in the central name plate. Please note the small letter p and the misspelling. We wonder if the tiny letter p after USS, stands for packet ship? The depiction is very detailed with its individual stone work upon on the lighthouse and the rippled, atmospheric sky.
We have found two references to a USS Perseverance ship, one to a Salem, Massachusetts sailing ship whose owner was Simon Forrester; the master was Richard Wheatland; the logbook keeper was Nathaniel Hawthorne (son of John Hathorne of the Salem Witch Trials and father of novelist US novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne). This ship was wrecked in 1805 off Tarpaulin Cove, Naushon Island, Mass, on its return journey from Batavia. We wonder if the lighthouse on our reverse painting could be the lighthouse at Tarpaulin Cove? See the painting by Michele Felice Corn (1752 - 1845) showing Perseverance Wrecked near Tarpauline Cove 1805.
We also found reference to a logbook of the ship Perseverance detailing a voyage from Salem to Sumatra, Reunion and St. Helena (Aug 1822 to July 1823). This ship's home port was Salem, Mass and the owners were Willard Peele, Richard Wheatland (see above), James Silver, Benjamin Dodge, and James W. Cheever; master was James W. Cheever.
The original birds eye maple frame measures 17 3/8" (44 cm) by 14.75" (37.5 cm). Set within a gilt slip; the visible reverse painting measures 13 3/8" (34 cm) by 10.75" (27 cm).
Condition is very good indeed. There is some very minor paint loss under the glass, bottom left and just to the right of the name title. This is an antique and so minor cracking to the reverse paint when studied closely.The frame is in good, solid order with one hairline in the veneer along the underside of the bottom edge (not visible when on display). New backing board has been added to the rear some time ago.
This is a fine quality and handsome piece.
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