THOMASTON, ME: An extensive collection of fine art, encompassing everything from Old Master works to fine Maine paintings, will be featured in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Summer Auction on August 24 & 25.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “John Updike once described art as ‘breathing room for the spirit’. The amazing masterpieces on display in our gallery, complimented by great pieces of folk art and other decorative treasures, will take your breath away.”
Leading the fine art category will be a large oil on canvas painting by Rockwell Kent (NY, 1882-1971) entitled ‘West Greenland Landscape, 1929’. A watercolor/gouache work by Francis Augustus Silva (NY, 1835-1886) ‘Brace Rock, Cape Ann, Mass.’ is another featured item.
Additional important works include: ‘Repose’, a pastel on paper by Louis Kronberg (NY/France, 1872-1965); oil on canvas portrait of the sail/steam ship ‘Newport’ by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (NY/NJ, 1850-1921); ‘Embarkation’, an oil on canvas work depicting animals boarding Noah’s Ark by Dahlov Ipcar (ME, 1917 – ); and a Naples School oil painting of an angel with the young Christ attributed to Bernard Cavallino (IT, 1616-1656).
A huge contingent of Maine art and artists will be represented in this sale, with works by: Marguerite Zorach (NY/ME, 1887-1968), William Zorach (NY/ME, 1887-1966), Andrew George Winter (NY/ME, 1893-1958), Percy Sanborn (ME, 1849-1929), Alfred Cheney Chadbourn (ME, 1921-1998), Alfred Thompson Bricher (NY/NH, 1837-1908), Carl Sprinchorn (ME, 1887-1971), Paul Stone (ME, contemporary), William (Horace) Muir (ME, 1902-1964), Seth W. Steward (ME, 1844-1927), Parker Gamage (ME, 1882-1960), Barbara Applegate (ME, contemporary), Philip Barter (ME, 1936 – ), Bernard Langlais (ME/NY, 1923-1977), Carroll Thayer Berry (ME, 1886-1978), and many others.
The folk art collection will include four important weathervanes, three carved eagles, a ship’s figurehead, and carousel horse. A full body running horse, attributed to L.W. Cushing & Sons of Waltham, Mass., leads the weathervane category, along with examples depicting a rooster and cod fish (both from the Captain Jeffords House in Kennebunkport), and an eagle. The carved eagle group will feature an early 19th Century Philadelphia walnut lectern with spread wing eagle atop a sphere, plus several carved plaques. A 19th Century bawdy ship’s figurehead of a woman in top hat is sure to appeal to nautical collectors, and the carousel horse is a circa 1905 replica of a Philadelphia Toboggan Company horse in armor, originally made for Elitch Gardens amusement park in Denver.
There will be many fine antiquities offered in the sale, including an ancient Egyptian altar figure depicting the God Horus with remnants of green faience, a Greek Bronze Age Mycenaean helmet, circa late 13th Century B.C., plus over 50 lots of other Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Persian, and Medieval objects.
Among the excellent selection of American furniture will be an 18th Century Boston Chippendale mahogany secretary/desk, a Boston Queen Anne Period wingchair, and a circa 1948 New York modernist mahogany slab top desk designed by Andrew Szoeke (1916-1999). Additionally, the sale will offer fine English and Continental antique furniture pieces.
Seven tall case clocks will be sold, including: a flame birch and Birdseye maple clock by Frederick Wingate of Augusta, Maine, built in 1811 for Mr. Stackpole of Thomaston; and two early New Hampshire clocks by Concord makers: one by Levi & Abel Hutchins, circa 1790, and one by Timothy Chandler, circa 1800. Two Maine made Federal Period clocks will also be offered, a mirror clock by James Cray of Brunswick (1806-50), and a banjo clock by Edward S. Morrill of Saco.
Featured among the many Oriental antiques is a dark green jade king seal with Qianlong six-character mark and dragon form handle, a jade figure of a standing owl, a large celadon glazed porcelain circular pilgrim’s flask, and a red coral double-chambered snuff bottle depicting twin sisters.
The large selection of estate jewelry will include several pieces by Tiffany & Co., such as an 18K gold, ruby and diamond flexible link bracelet. There will also be an 18K white gold, diamond and pink sapphire necklace, a ladies ring with oval natural Ceylon cabochon sapphire surrounded by old mine cut diamonds and set in platinum, and a Cartier French hallmarked 18K gold cigarette case set with blue cabochon sapphire on the clasp.
In the silver category will be 2 cased sets of sterling flatware, including patterns Chrysanthemum by Tiffany & Co., and Acorn by Georg Jensen. There will also be a George II period sterling lidded tankard by London silversmith John Payne, a set of three sterling tea/sugar caddies by Thomas Whipham, London, 1746, in an 1824 silver-mounted ebony case, plus many other fine examples of early Continental, American, and Middle Eastern silver.
Other finely crafted items to be offered include: a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Stingray’ automobile; a fully restored 1939 Ford-Ferguson Tractor in running condition; a large vellum glaze Rookwood art pottery vase decorated by A.R. Valentien, dated 1901; and a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk with Saks & Co, New York label.
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, August 19 through Friday, August 23 (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 24 & 25.
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.