THOMASTON, ME: The November 3-5, 1,800+ lot sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries included an extraordinarily diverse group of items, ranging from antiquities to 1950s toy robots, with many surprising results. There were technical issues stemming from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the sale results were very strong overall.
Thomaston Place Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We experienced a few telephone glitches early in the sale, and we were quite concerned about our neighbors to the south. But the show went on to great success.”
Strong interest in a bound volume of 58 Old Master pen & ink drawings depicting mythological and allegorical subjects from the Marvin Sadik Collection drove bidding to a final $48,300, versus a presale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.
The antiquities were led by a 3rd Century BC Greco-Roman bronze figure of a standing champion athlete. This 29” tall statue brought $34,500. A Roman white marble fragment depicting the head of a woman blasted past its $400 to $600 presale estimate and sold for $6,900.
Luxury names attracted intense bidder interest and dramatically surpassed their presale estimates. A circa 1920s Louis Vuitton gentleman’s travel trunk with split front doors soared quickly to $24,150, a 14-piece, 14K gold vanity set by Cartier brought $18,500, a rare Gustav Stickley kerosene floor lamp with hammered copper reticulated and riveted peacock overlay shade fetched $16,100, and an 1898 set of Zeiss field binoculars achieved $7,187.50.
There was aggressive bidding for several musical lots in the sale, including: a 1912 Model O Steinway baby grand piano that was rebuilt in 1999 that sold for $10,925; a Swiss 6-Song cylinder music box on stand that brought $12,650; and a group of 3 Pernambuco cello bows with ebony frogs, mother-of-pearl, and silver fittings that reached $9,775.
Many examples of fine Chinese and Japanese art also performed will in the sale. A pair of Meiji Period Japanese bronze temple urns by Seikoku sold for $28,750; a Chinese Tang Dynasty ceramic standing figure of the Buddhist Guardian of the East brought $19,550; an 18th Century Chinese agate carving of fungus with peaches and a bat reached $11,500; and a 19th Century round red lacquered Korean tea table shattered its $500 to $700 presale estimate and achieved $6,900.
In the early Americana category, a fine 18th Century walnut cased Philadelphia tall clock with works by David Paterson of Sunderland (active 1763-1778) brought $28,750; a Queen Anne period tiger maple two-part highboy exceeded expectations and sold for $12,650; a circa 1800 George Washington watercolor on ivory mourning pendant with plaited reddish-brown hair on reverse achieved $7,187.50; and a circa 1770 American silver bowl with marks of Philadelphia maker William Hollingshead reached $6,900.
Civil War pieces attracted spirited bidding, such as: two leather-bound Civil War photo albums of CDVs that brought $5,750; an officer’s coat and shoulder boards that belonged to a member of the 10th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Army of Cumberland that sold for $4,255; and a Confederate cavalry sword that reached $3,795.
A collection of toys was offered in this sale, including a Japanese Samle Model of ‘Metamorph’ tin robot by Marumiya with its original box that rocketed past its presale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 to bring $8,050.
Art pottery generated interest, with an ovoid vase by Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929-2007, Weston Priory, Vermont) with cerulean blue glaze selling for $5,462.50, and a circa 1908 baluster form vase by Frederick E. Walrath of Rochester, New York reaching $5,175.
Finally, an amazing selection of autographs, portraits and ephemera featured on Day 3 of the sale created significant interest. High flying lots in this category included: a Royal edict, dated 29 June 1415 and signed by King Charles VI of France, that sold for $6,612.50; a 1799 ‘Map of the District of Maine, Massachusetts’ by Osgood Carlton that brought $6,325; and a rare 1653 Dutch silver medal commemorating the death of Admiral Tromp that reached $4,715. Among a large group of wax portraits from the Marvin Sadik collection, a circa 1810 portrait of a gentleman by German-American artist John Christian Rauschner (b.1760) greatly exceed expectations and sold for $4,370, and a profile relief of John Paul Jones brought $4,255.
A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com. The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries sale will take place on February 2 & 3, 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.