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Wonderland of Fine & Decorative Arts at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Feb. 8 & 9

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THOMASTON, ME: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Winter Auction on February 8 & 9 will present a wonderland of decorative arts, featuring important collections of art glass and pottery, plus a large selection of paintings, sculpture, folk art and antique furniture.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “It amazes me that we continue to find so much wonderful artwork and furniture in the middle of winter. Combining this with several great private collections of art glass, pottery, jewelry and folk art, we foresee an exciting and fun first auction for 2014.”

The art glass category will sparkle with pieces by Loetz,
Tiffany, Moser, Steuben, Orrefors, Baccarat, and many other important makers. Featured items will include a 12” diameter Loetz iridescent gold glass low bowl centerpiece with lobed standing rim, a pair of c. 1840-60 Italian engraved and etched glass wedding goblets with double twist blue and white latticino stems, and a circa 1910 Moser Islamic style art glass chalice with white to cranberry cut decoration. The auction will also offer a wide selection of late 19th and early 20th Century light fixtures with art glass shades.

The porcelain/art pottery group will offer fine pieces by Meissen, Brother Thomas, Rookwood, Dutch Delft, Marblehead, Nippon, Zsolnay, and other important makers. The ceramics offerings will also include a large collection of early shaving mugs.

Featured among the 177 lots of paintings are: a 1917 pastel on paper work entitled ‘Repose’ by Louis Kronberg (NY/France, 1872-1965); a period copy of an oil on canvas still life painting of pewter jug and peaches from the School of Jean Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (French, 1699-1779); an oil painting depicting dark woods with distant farm by John Appleton Brown (MA, 1844-1902); ‘Sunset on the River’, an oil on canvas work by Edward Loyal Field (NY, 1856-1914); and a circa 1830 unsigned American primitive portrait of three blonde siblings. The sale will also include works by Uriah Dyer (ME, 1847-1927), Charles Warren Eaton (NY/NJ, 1857-1937), Waldo Peirce (NY/ME, 1884-1970) William Fisher (NY/ME, 1891-1985), and Parker Gamage (ME, 1892-1960).

The auction will offer two painted plaster studies by Frank Lloyd Wright (WI/AZ, 1867-1959) depicting the Muse of Music; a bronze sculpture entitled ‘Rejoice’ by Mabel Viola Conkling (NY/ME, 1871-1966); a marble sculpture depicting a child playing with a cat by Emile Andre Bousseau (FR, 1842-1923); plus works by Edith Baretto Stevens Parsons (MA, 1878-1956), Max Weber (NY/FR, 1881-1961), and Jules Moigniez (FR, 1835-1894).

Featured folk art will include a circa 1790 two-sided painted wooden tavern sign for the J. Read Inn that was found in Connecticut; a Charles W. Dare dapple grey painted carousel horse; a circa 1800 ship’s figurehead in form of standing woman; and a 19th Century double-sided copper weathervane in the form of a gryphon from a Scarborough, Maine summer home; and a 19th Century Maine carved eagle sternboard by Harold B. Simmons. Additionally, a collection of 37 hand painted Russian lacquer boxes will be sold.

Finely crafted Continental and American Country pieces will dominate the furniture offerings, with featured pieces: an 18th c. Italian ivory inlaid mahogany desk and an 18th c. American pine open top cupboard with original blue and red casein milk paint. There will also be an excellent selection of early Maine furniture, including 4 pine cupboards, a chair table, 3 chests of drawers, 2 blanket boxes, a painted wash stand, and a primitive dry sink with remnants of early paint.

The 107-lot Oriental category will include a large variety of Chinese export porcelain, bronze objects, jade carvings, cloisonné, woodblock prints, furniture, and silver. A 19th Century China trade painting depicting a reclining aristocratic woman and infant will be a featured item, along with an 18th Century famille rose footed punch bowl decorated with Mandarin court vignettes.

The estate jewelry group will feature a platinum ring set with a 2.86 ct diamond; a pearl necklace containing 119 graduated natural salt water pearls and a diamond-set platinum clasp; and a spectacular Victorian Moghul handcrafted gold, diamond and sapphire hinged bracelet.

A well-rounded group of antiquities will include a Mayan carved stone panel found in Guatemala depicting a priest bearing a serpent; a 3rd Century BC Greek perfumery in enameled gold; and a 14th Century European bronze footed pitcher.

There will be several important hooked rugs with Maine provenance from the Barrie & Michael Pribyl Collection; a circa 1910 Louis Vuitton steamer trunk; an original Hermes Birkin Togo leather handbag; plus a variety of early tapestries and samplers.

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, February 3 through Friday, February 7 (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, February 8 & 9.

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.