THOMASTON, ME: An outstanding and diverse array of fine art paintings and lithographs, plus a collection of modernist home furnishings will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ February 2 & 3 sale. This auction will also offer many fine examples of Russian silver, Oriental rarities, antique furniture, estate jewelry, watches, Native American items, firearms, and antiquities.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “Our first sale of 2013 includes something to appeal to every interest. I’m particularly excited about the amazing artwork, 17th to mid-20th Century furniture, and the huge selection of silver, pocket watches and estate jewelry.”
A group of six beautiful color lithographs by 20th Century European artist Marc Chagall, all signed artist’s proofs dated 1969 from a single Maine collection, will be highlighted in this sale.
The diverse selection of paintings includes: an oil on canvas entitled ‘Mrs. Rosen’s Bedroom’ by important British painter Sir John Lavery that is estimated to bring between $125,000 and $150,000; two outstanding ship portraits (a portrait of the Cunard steamer Gallia by 19th Century artist, J. E. Buttersworth, and a portrait of the four mast schooner ‘Clifford N. Carver’ by Samuel Findley Morse Badger); and a delicate watercolor study of a young girl with red parasol by Maurice Prendergast. Works by Rockland, Maine artist William Partridge Burpee, other Maine and New England painters, plus a group of 36 photogravures of Native American subjects by Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952), will also be offered.
Of local interest is a pair of Maine samplers by Mary and Lucy Carson of Mount Vernon in Kennebec County. These nicely crafted pieces are dated 1815 an 1816, respectively. There is a lot of two early 20th Century Maine town fire belts, one from Damariscotta, and the other marked ‘Cumberland’, and the sale includes a 19th Century Maine dining table paint decorated with floral and leaf motifs on a mustard yellow background.
Examples from the large group of mid-century modern furnishings include: a 1950s Paine Co. ‘Long John’ teak coffee table by Dunbar Furniture Co.; four Eames arm chairs by Herman Miller; a mahogany and metal sunburst wall clock by Howard Miller Co.; a two-piece 1950s wrap around sofa; and a 1963 ‘Viverator’ massage lounge chair by Contour Chair Co. of St. Louis.
Rounding out the furniture collection is an 18th Century New England Chippendale curly maple gentleman’s tall chest from Maine’s Poland Springs Mansion, a wonderful Continental two-part secretary in walnut, and a diminutive Connecticut Chippendale serpentine front chest of drawers.
The group of Russian antiques includes: a circa 1890 large, enamel decorated gilt silver kovsh by Ilya Katorsky of St. Petersburg; a bronze sculpture entitled ‘Three Men in a Troika, 1880’ by Evgeni Ivanovich Naps; and a group of six Russian Imperial gold rimmed vodka cordial glasses, four engraved with the monogram of Nicholas II and two with the monogram of Catherine II.
Over 100 lots of finely crafted treasures from the Orient will be presented, such as: a Chinese North Song Dynasty ink on silk scroll portrait by Zhou yu Feng; a Chinese jadeite covered jar with loose ring handles and original stand; and a 19th Century carved tiger eye two-part box in the form of a quail. This category also includes many fine examples of export porcelain, bronze, and cloisonné.
Estate jewelry and watches are well represented, with: an Edwardian 18K gold and diamond watch pin by Black Starr & Frost with a total diamond weight of 6.82 cts; an antique gold, silver, Tahitian pearl, and diamond brooch featuring a 2 ct briolette diamond drop; a ladies’ dress wristwatch with 18K gold octagonal case and set with diamonds and jade inserts by Dreicer & Company, New York; and a men’s Art Deco platinum Patek Philippe & Co. pocketwatch retailed by Tiffany & Co.
A rare and beautiful example of Medieval craftsmanship, a circa 1505 French Book of Hours printed on vellum from the workshop of Philippe Pigouchet will be offered, and there will be several early maps, including examples by Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743) and Mattheus Seutter (1647-1746).
The 26 lots of antiquities include: an Etruscan period high carat gold fibula; an Aztec carved stone anthropomorphic mask from 450-650 AD; and a group of 8 Egyptian faience Ushabti burial figures.
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.artfact.com, www.invaluable.com and www.auctionzip.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, January 28 through Friday, February 1 (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 2 and 3.
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.