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Design Masterworks Featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on June 9 & 10

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THOMASTON, ME: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Spring 2012 Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Treasures Auction on June 9 & 10 will present a sumptuous and decorative collection of items, representing over 3 centuries of outstanding design. The sale will feature a diverse selection of antique and designer furniture, fine paintings, estate jewelry, important silver, and works of Oriental art. There will also be collections of coins, carpets, icons, fine lighting and Native American pottery.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “Never have I seen so many wonderful and rare items in our gallery. Many of the fine pieces in this sale represent the lifetime collections of three important families.”

A centerpiece of this auction will be an important Maine-made Hepplewhite mahogany tall case clock with painted face marked ‘F. (Frederick) Wingate, Augusta, No.136’ (dating to 1817) with fretwork crown and three brass finials, and eight-day brass movement.

Highlights of the furniture offerings will include a Queen Anne Period Massachusetts maple highboy dresser with swan neck pediment, three flame twist finials, and fan carved top center drawer; and a circa 1800 Saco, Maine Hepplewhite mahogany candlestand with original finish and rectangular canted corner top with satinwood inlaid panel. Other examples of fine furniture to be presented include: a rare coastal Maine 19th Century Sheraton mahogany Bowfront Chest with four graduated drawers and inlaid twelve-panel front; a German Biedermeier five-part secretary desk/collector’s cabinet in exotic veneers with shaped string inlaid panels; and an ornately carved mahogany sink stand with white veined grey marble top supporting a later blue on white sink. The furniture collection will also include a variety of lacquered chinoiserie and paint decorated pieces, plus custom items by MacKenzie-Childs of Aurora, NY, Heywood Wakefield, Maitland Smith of High Point, NC, and Starbay.

Many beautiful fine art paintings will be offered, such as: an oil on canvas marine painting of a coastal trawler in distress by Francois Etienne Musin (Belgian, 1820-1888); a painting of a Racing Clipper Ship adding sail by Frank Vining Smith (MA, 1879-1967) dated 1927; a gouache depicting three African women dancing by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (Nigeria, 1921-1994) dated 1950. The auction will also include works by many important Maine artists, including: Stephen Etnier (1903-1984), Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott (MA/ME, 1846-1925), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) John Davie Meunch (1914-1993), Neil Welliver (1929-2005), Ronald Frontin (contemporary), Parker Gamage (1882-1960), Dahlov Ipcar (1917 – ), and William Horace Muir (1902-1964).

There will be an outstanding group of silver, such as: a 96 piece set of Georg Jensen sterling flatware in the Acanthus pattern designed by Johan Rohde; a circa 1835 coin silver tea service made for Hyde & Goodrich of New Orleans by Christoph Kuchler; a circa 1940 Georg Jensen sterling center bowl in the grape pattern, plus a pair of matching compotes; a Tiffany silver water pitcher with overall repousse floral decoration; and a 19th Century Russian silver basket by Khlebnikov, Moscow, in the form of a shallow basket with tasseled rope handles.

Many fine pieces of estate jewelry will be featured, including: an Edwardian Period platinum and diamond ring set with an old European cut, 2.33 ct diamond and four round single cut diamonds; a handmade 18K gold necklace and bracelet, each with Celtic woven knots set with diamonds; a pair of handmade 22K yellow gold hinged bracelets from India with bead set design; and a five piece Zuni sterling suite set with turquoise, mother-of-pearl, and black onyx in the Rain Man motif. Additionally, there will be a variety of fine wrist and pocket watches.

The 41-lot group of rare coins will feature: a St. Gaudens 1908 $20 gold coin; a complete set of Indian Head Cents, from 1857 to 1909, including 1864L; and an Indian Head $10 gold coin dated 1914.

The diverse group of fine oriental antiques will include important Chinese masterworks in jade, porcelain, bronze and terra cotta. Six lots of early Annamese porcelain from the ‘Ca Mau’ (circa 1735) and ‘Hoi An’ (15th-16th c.) shipwrecks will also be presented in this sale.

Other rare and unusual items will also be sold, such as: an outstanding group of designer lamps and early lighting; several fine Russian icons; a variety of early tin litho toys; and two beautiful baby grand pianos.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. on both 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, June 4 through Friday, June 8 (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day) and from 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday before the sale.

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.