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Historic & Artistic Treasures to be Sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on May 31 & June 1

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THOMASTON, ME: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present an extraordinary array of fine art and historical treasures at its Spring Feature Auction on May 31 and June 1, featuring important Native American beaded buckskin artifacts, many notable paintings and sculptures, a collection of items from Brooke Astor’s Maine cottage, plus estate jewelry, early silver, rare documents, clocks, and antique furniture.

“This sale will include many rare and historically significant pieces that could be great additions to private and museum collections. We will also be presenting a great selection of fine decorative items, plus a boat – just in time for summer”; noted owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

Featured among the museum quality examples of Native American craftsmanship will be an 1850-1880 Northern Plains Indian Hidatsa buckskin shirt from the Dakotas with quill and seed bead decoration, fringe, and buffalo hair tassels. A pair of circa 1880 Northern Plains Indians Lakota Sioux buckskin leggings with seed bead geometric decoration and fringe; and two circa 1880 Lakota Sioux beaded buckskin pouches will also be presented. The sale will offer other examples of Native American craftsmanship, such as carved items, pottery, basketry, jewelry, and textiles. And, it will include five lots of important Native American related photogravures by Edward Sheriff Curtis (WA/CA/WI, 1868-1952).

Leading the fine art category will be an oil on canvas painting by Jack Lorimer Gray (NY/CAN, 1927-1981) depicting a trawler in heavy seas. A fine impressionistic work by western painter James Taylor Harwood (UT/CA, 1860-1940) entitled ‘Where the Blackbirds Nest’, depicting the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City, will be sold, along with an oil on canvas tonalist work by Bruce Crane (CT/NY, 1857-1937) of Main Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Maine artwork will also be featured, including two oil on canvas paintings by Stephen Etnier (ME/CA, 1903-1984); a work by Marguerite Zorach (NY/ME/CA, 1887-1968) entitled “Grande Valle”; a naïve portrait of a young girl, possibly Elizabeth Weeks of Pittston, ME, by E.E. Finch (active 1832-1850); an oil on Masonite painting depicting Black Head, Monhegan by Andrew George Winter (NY/ME/MA, 1893-1958); a painting depicting the Portland Headlight by Clement Drew (MA, 1806-1889); and an interesting unsigned portrait of Rufus King Sewell (1814-1903), Wiscasset minister and historical author.

The furniture selection will include a Hepplewhite Period huntboard form butler’s desk, a Port Clyde, Maine 19th Century pine workbench with original grey paint and breadboard ends, a Russian painted three-drawer chest dated 1851, plus several early Maine-made painted stands.

Three additional highlights will be a pair of 14K yellow gold candlesticks with gilt silver reticulated candle-shades by Gorham; a platinum, 3-stone diamond ring by Tiffany & Co.; and an 18th Century Boston coin silver porringer by David Colson Moseley, apprentice and brother-in-law to Paul Revere.

There will be 39 lots of fine items from the Maine cottage of the late philanthropist, socialite, and writer Brooke Astor, such as several autograph collections (including those of British royalty and celebrities from the worlds of politics and entertainment), rare books & maps, and fine paintings and sculptures.

Also, of particular local interest will be a 19th Century Maine tall clock with wooden works, pumpkin pine Chippendale case, and painted dial marked “S. Edwards, Gorham”, a group of seven bird carvings by Maine carvers, a weathervane made by Ernest Thorne Thompson (1897-1992) of New Brunswick and Damariscotta, plus a variety of early Maine samplers and hooked rugs.

Finally, the auction will offer a 2006 15-foot long Boston Whaler 150 Sport speedboat with Karavan trailor and a 2004 Mini Cooper S Hatchback automobile.

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,

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet (via,, and 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, May 26 through Friday, May 30 (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day) and from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 31 & June 1.

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.