Extremely rare Thomas Willis silkwork picture depicting a two masted schooner yacht with an oil on canvas background painted by Antonio Jacobsen, circa 1885.  The schooner has a black velvet hull with embroidered gold trailboards and cove stripe.  The deck and deckhouses are embroidered as are the five sailors in blue uniforms.  Flying from the top of the foremast is the Eastern Yacht Club burgee
and at the top of the main mast is the owners private signal flag and flying off the gaff is the American yacht ensign.  The vessel is under full sail and all eight sails have pencil line drawn sail seams and three of the sails have pencil drawn reef points.  At the bow and along the hull are three dimensional waves made from thread.  The sky and water are typical of the work of Antonio Jacobsen in the mid- to late 1880s.  The bright blue sky with the dark clouds on the right which continue along the horizon with red highlights.  These elements can be seen in most of Jacobsen's paintings of this period and there are several yachting paintings that he created with the same style.    
Condition of painting:  The painting is an excellent untouched original condition.  There is a gentle crackalure in the sky.  The vessel's hull, sails and rigging are in outstanding condition.  
Dimensions of painting:  18 x 24 inches.