THOMASTON, ME: Wild bidding for two Frederic Remington (NY/KS, 1861-1909) ink drawings at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ November 9 & 10 sale kicked up a combined auction result of $350,750. The pre-sale estimates of $20,000 to $30,000 for each work depicting bucking broncos were quickly exceeded, and “Sun Fisher” sold for $166,750 and “A Running Bucker” brought $184,000.
Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “It’s great to see that wonderful things, no matter where they’re found or sold, can bring great results if properly promoted. This sale reiterates market’s interest in newly discovered, fresh-to-the-market, high quality items.”
Additional standouts in the art category included an oil on canvas painting depicting a woman combing her hair by L.G. Lamur that brought $21,850; a Marguerite Zorach (NY/ME, 1887-1968) work, “Moonrise”, that fetched $13,800; and an ink drawing, “Statue of Liberty”, by Roy Lichtenstein (NY, 1923-1997) that sold for $12,650. “Wreck of the Old ‘97”, a Thomas Hart Benton (MO/MA, 1889-1975) lithograph from the 1944 Associated American Artists edition of 250 achieved $11,500. Another work that topped its pre-sale estimate was a 13th Century Italian stone bas relief of the Madonna and Child that brought $9,200.
From the celebrated Pribyl collection of hooked rugs, a 19th Century Waldoboro example featuring a floral design in wool on linen, attracted enthusiastic bidding and sold for $8,050. A 1940s pictorial piece decorated with scenes of Maine brought $6,900.
Several pieces of Oriental art generated strong bidder response, such as an 18-19th Chinese white jade sculpture depicting Seated Quan Yin with praying child that sold for $12,075, and a carved four-lobe form white jade box with carvings of fruit branches that brought $9,200.
In the jewelry category, an 18K gold Jules Jurgenson engraved hunter case pocket watch soared past its $2,500 to $3,500 presale estimate to bring $9,775, and a three-piece lot of antique 14K gold and amethyst jewelry, with a presale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000, sold for $9,200.
Furniture highlights included a diminutive mahogany Hepplewhite period server bearing the label of Potthast Brothers, Baltimore that brought $8,050, and a circa 1890 Adirondack bark and twig sideboard that sold to a determined internet bidder for $6,325.
Other finely crafted items that attracted aggressive bidding were: a group of 11 19th Century nautical charts that brought $10,350, a folk art oil on panel panoramic painting of a whaling scene that blew past a $1,000 to $1,500 estimate and sold for $6,900, and an English Victorian sterling silver ewer with applied cast figural decoration by London silversmith Joseph Angell II that fetched $5,750.
A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com. The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries sale will take place on November 9 & 10, 2013.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is coastal 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. Its expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.
NOTE: All prices include the 15% buyer’s premium.