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Art, Artifacts & Antiquities at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on November 3, 4 & 5

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THOMASTON, ME: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day sale on November 3, 4 & 5 will present important collections of rarely seen antiquities, fine art, rare documents and superbly crafted antiques. The three-day sale will also offer outstanding examples of antique & custom furniture, early silver, time pieces, sculpture, art pottery, Oriental antiques, estate jewelry, Japanese woodblock prints, music boxes, and carpets.

The collections of Marvin Sadik, who served as director of both the Bowdoin College Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and Irving Bernstein, former executive vice chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and close friend of former Israeli Defense Minister General Moshe Dayan, will be featured in this auction. Sadik’s outstanding collection of artifacts includes Oriental & Mesoamerican antiquities, bronze sculpture, early paintings, rare documents, wax relief portraits, and cameos. The Bernstein collection includes fine pieces of ancient pottery and bronze collected in Israel, many of which were gifted to him by Moshe Dayan prior to 1970. The first part of this important collection was sold in May 2007, and these represent the final pieces to be offered for auction.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “It has been exciting to work with representatives of Mr. Sadik and the Bernstein estate to bring these wonderful collections into public view. This is a special opportunity for everyone to appreciate these rare objects. The top seven buyers of objects from the Bernstein collection will also receive an autographed copy of Moshe Dayan’s 1978 book, Living with The Bible, which describes his archeological pursuits in Israel.”

The auction will also feature an 18th Century walnut cased Philadelphia tall clock with a 6” tall rooster finial and works by David Paterson of Sunderland (active 1763-1778). Another highlight will be a rare Gustav Stickley floor lamp with hammered copper peacock overlay shade with red and green swirl glass, hammered copper kerosene font, and metal strap trim over a quarter sawn oak pedestal.

There will be an interesting and diverse collection of paintings and sculpture. Highlights will include: two bronze portrait busts by Honore Daumier (French, 1808-1879); an oil on canvas ship portrait, ’Glory of the Seas’, by Percy Sanborn (ME, 1849-1929); Spring Sisters, an oil on canvas painting by Hamilton Hamilton (CT/CA, 1847-1928); ‘Icy Rocks’, an oil painting by Andrew George Winter (NY/ME, 1893-1958); and an 1874 watercolor ship’s portrait of Schooner Stephen Morgan of Taunton by Benjamin Russell (MA, 1804-1885). The sale will also offer a group of four circa 1930s silver nitrate photographs of the landmark Santa Fe House by Ansel Adams.

The furniture category will include many examples of American craftsmanship, such as: a circa 1800-15 Portsmouth, NH Sheraton four-drawer mahogany bowfront chest, an Aesthetic Period stepback form walnut sideboard attributed to Architect Frank Furness (Philadelphia, 1839-1912); an American 18th Century tabletop or youth’s desk in original brick red casein paint; and a 19th Century American walnut 9-drawer collector’s chest.

Over 200 lots of fine oriental antiques will be presented in this auction, such as a Chinese Ming Dynasty watercolor on silk depicting a mountain landscape scroll by Zhou Chen (1460-1535); an 18th Century yellow soapstone figure of Qigong Buddha; and a Chinese Tang Dynasty large standing ceramic figure of the Buddhist Guardian of the East, Dhritarashtra, which was exhibited at the Oriental Ceramic Society in London in 1955. The oriental selection will also include export porcelain, jade carvings, terra cotta tomb sculptures, snuff bottles, furniture, glass, cloisonné, and ivory.

The selection of fine antique silver will feature: a pair of George III Sheffield sterling five-arm banquet candelabra by silversmiths Creswick & Co.; a circa 1770 American colonial silver bowl by Philadelphia silversmith William Hollingshead; and a German repousse sterling document box depicting views of Napoleon’s life by George Roth & Co. of Hanau with English import marks.

A 6.48 ct. cushion cut emerald, diamond, and platinum ring will lead the jewelry category. Other featured jewelry lots will include: a pair of platinum and old European cut diamond day/night cluster earrings in 18K gold prong mountings; a platinum, blue sapphire and diamond link bracelet; and a circa 1920 yellow gold and carved carnelian bracelet.

American art pottery will also be highlighted, led by a medium size scroll and leaf base by Grueby Pottery (1897-1911) with partial textured matte green glaze. The sale will also present pieces by Frederick E. Walrath of Rochester, NY, Van Briggle of Colorado Springs, CO, George E. Orr of Biloxi, MS (1857-1918), and Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929-2007, Weston Priory, Vermont).

The sale will offer a variety of other important and finely crafted pieces, such as: a 1920s Louis Vuitton travel trunk with swing open front doors; a 1912 Steinway walnut cased, Model O baby grand piano; a bronze yacht cannon on mahogany carriage by The Strongfire Arms Co, New Haven, CT; a mid 19th c French cased set of percussion dueling pistols with all accoutrements; and a circa 1960, oversize (18” diameter) swing handle Nantucket Basket.

On Monday, November 5, the auction will continue with over 600 lots of important ephemera, such as autographs and historical documents, rare books, early maps, several stamp collections, over 100 Japanese woodblock prints, posters, medals & plaques, and carved cameos.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. on all three sale days. A complete, full color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ website, www.thomastonauction.com.

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet (via www.artfact.com, www.invaluable.com and www.auctionzip.com). The buyer’s premium is 15%. Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

The gallery will be open for previews Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2 (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day) and from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 3, 4, and 5.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston. Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, and providing house call appraisal services. Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.