THOMASTON, ME: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Summer Auction of Fine Art & Antiques on August 23 & 24 will feature a vast selection of fine art, including many wonderful pieces by contemporary Maine artists. The sale will also include a diverse array of marine items, rare documents, folk art, estate jewelry, Native American pieces, silver, antique furniture, and carpets.
Headlining the auction will be an important bronze sculpture by Frederic S. Remington (NY/KS, 1861-1909), “The Bronco Buster”, signed and stamped by Roman Bronze Works; and there will be six oil on canvas paintings by renowned Virginia artist William Garl Browne, Jr. (NY/VA, 1823-1894), including a large work depicting merchants and browsers at a southern fair, and a southern hunting scene.
The auction will include a variety of pieces from the Northeast Harbor estate of author and philanthropist Brooke Astor, such as two English paintings featuring images of dogs: “The Courting of a Hound”, an 1824 work by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1795-1865) and Heywood Hardy’s (1843-1933) beautiful 1904 painting, “Guardian through the Forest”. Another featured item from the Astor estate will be a large cast iron garden statue depicting a stag.
Highlighted among the collection of Maine paintings will be works by William Zorach (1887-1966), Marguerite Robichaux (1950- ), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Andrew George Winter (1893-1958), Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978), John W. McCoy (1910-1989), William B. Hoyt (1945- ), Tom Hall (1954- ), Stephen Etnier (1903-1984), Charles Morris Young (1869-1964), Howard Clifford, Jr. (1950-2003), Hank Tyler (1944- ), Daniel F. Wentworth (1850-1934), Judd Hartmann (1948- ), Roger Prince (20th c.), Marlene Loznicka (contemporary), and many others.
Eagles continue to be a popular and important American design motif, and this sale will include eight sculptural depictions of this bird. This group will be led by a magnificent gilded spread wing eagle wooden plaque by contemporary Maine carver Gregory Luke Rollins. Also, there will be a late 19th Century, 75” wide verdigris copper architectural spread wing eagle, purportedly removed from a New York City building during demolition, a circa 1950 polychrome mahogany, 56” wide eagle plaque with American flags and shield, and a mid-20th Century carved oak eagle on integral perch.
Continuing their summer auction tradition, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will offer a great selection of marine paintings and nautical items, such as: a monumental oil on canvas work by Dutch artist Adolf Johannes Petrus Levolger (1869-1952) entitled “Rescue at Sea”; a model of the 25-foot-long LOA Catamaran ‘Amaryllis’ that was built by renowned boat designer Nathaniel Green Herreshoff in 1875; a copper verdigris sloop boat form weathervane on museum mount; a 19th Century sailor’s valentine in octagonal mahogany case; plus many more great ship paintings, boat models, navigational instruments, and nautical charts.
An important Native American document, the Canajoharie Patent Treaty dated May 27, 1766, will be presented. This rare 18th Century document on vellum outlines an historic 9,900-year lease agreement between Upstate New York colonists and the Mohawks. Another fine Native American item to be sold is a circa 1890-1910 Sioux beaded deer hide pictorial vest featuring images of marching soldiers bearing American flags, warriors and chiefs.
The folk art category will offer a rare circa 1880s Nantucket basket sewing stand, a molded copper Black Hawk running horse weathervane attributed to A.J. Harris & Co., a large 19th c. burl maple mixing bowl with its original old surface, plus selections of decoys and wood carvings.
Diversity and quality best describe the large selection of estate jewelry, which will include a limited edition ‘Master of Complications’ wristwatch by Franck Muller of Geneva, a gold Jaipur enameled Indian Moghul headdress ornament set with cut diamonds and cabochon emeralds, plus eight pieces of important Art Deco gem set jewelry from a Kennebunk, Maine estate.
Featured period furniture in the sale will include: a Frederick Wingate, Augusta, ME tall case clock, a New England Federal period serpentine front cherry chest with tiger maple drawer fronts; and a circa 1830 Anglo-Indian ornately carved and reticulated rosewood work stand with one board top.
In addition to the antique furniture collection, a large group of mid-century and contemporary hand crafted furnishings will be presented, such as: 9 lots containing handcrafted Thos. Moser (Auburn, ME) furniture, a circa 1965 Danish modern ‘Sejer Keramik’ tile top round coffee table with chromed steel base; and a circa 1973 Italian Modernist “Riflessione” floor lamp by Claudio Salocchi (1934-2012).
Finally, the sale will present a variety of fine decorative items such as a 129-piece set of sterling silver flatware by Georg Jensen, a Tiffany Studios 9-piece Grapevine pattern desk set, a fine pair of 18th Century Chinese porcelain blanc de chine rabbit figures on stands; and a 19th Century Chinese silver gilt filigree box with hinged cover.
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.invaluable.com, www.auctionzip.com, and www.liveauctioneers.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, August 18 through Friday, August 22 (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, August 23 & 24. Additionally, there will be an evening preview reception at the gallery on Thursday, August 21 between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
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.