THOMASTON, ME: The November 9 & 10 sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will serve up a bountiful harvest of important fine art and decorative antiques. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Roy Lichtenstein, and Brother Thomas Bezanson (VT, 1929-2007) will be featured, along with outstanding collections of hooked rugs, antique furniture, estate jewelry, silver, Chinese jade carvings, rare documents, firearms, and antiquities.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “No one should miss the many one-of-a-kind, fresh-to-the-market pieces that will brighten the home and invigorate the collecting spirit.”
Several important pieces of Western art are featured in this sale. An oil on canvas landscape painting entitled ‘A Break in the Storm’ by Albert Bierstadt (NY/CA/MA, 1830-1906) will lead this category, depicting lakeside cows under a glowing sky. Known for his dramatic use of light and romantic western views, Bierstadt’s works are well represented in museums throughout America.
Edgar Alwin Payne (CA, 1883-1947) was also known for his outstanding western landscapes, and his oil on canvas work, ‘Canyon de Chelly’, will be offered in this sale. This piece depicts the same view as in Edward Curtis’ iconic Canyon de Chelly photographic image.
Two original ink drawings by Frederic Remington (NY/KS, 1861-1909) depicting bucking broncos will be offered. These late 19th Century works, entitled ‘A Running Bucker’ and ‘Sun Fisher’, featuring cowboys on bucking horses, depict very popular images that were widely printed and sold as a pair by publisher Davis and Sanford.
‘The American Dream’, an important and rare limited edition art folio by Robert Indiana with poetry by Robert Creeley and text by Susan Ryan, will be presented. It is inscribed by the artist, and is numbered 189/395. This 100 page portfolio was published in 1997, and it contains six signed, original serigraphs.
A delicately executed, circa 1890 oil on canvas painting, ‘Sketch of a Woman in a Room’, by Eastman Johnson (MA/ME, 1824-1906) will be included in the sale, plus an ink drawing on cardstock depicting the Statue of Liberty by Roy Lichtenstein (NY, 1923-1997), and a Middle Eastern street scene with figure and minaret executed in oil on panel by Louis Comfort Tiffany (NY/CA, 1848-1933).
There will also be original works by Marguerite Zorach (NY/ME, 1887-1968), Jay Hall Connaway (ME, 1893-1970), Harrison Bird Brown (CA/ME/UK, 1831-1915), John Carlton Wiggins (NY, 1848-1932), William Sidney Mount (NY, 1807-1868), Samuel Finley Morse Badger (MA,1873-1919), Al Hirschfeld (NY, 1903-2003), Henri Matisse (FR, 1869-1954), and Thomas Sully (PA/UK, 1783-1872).
Sculpture in the sale will include a 13th Century Romanesque bas relief tablet of the Madonna and Child, three 19th Century gilt bronze studies of birds by Jules Moigniez (FR, 1835-1894), and a French 19th Century bronze figure of a wounded lioness on base.
From the private collection of the late John Maki, who was a personal friend of Brother Thomas Bezanson (VT, 1929-2007), will be 39 lots of outstanding pottery by this artist. Featured among this collection will be a canteen form vase with Honan Tenmoku glaze, an ovoid vase with standing flat rim and oxblood glaze, and a seven-piece tea set.
Pieces from the Pribyl Collection of important 19th and early 20th Century Maine hooked rugs will be sold. This widely celebrated group, some of which were exhibited in a 1999 show at the American Textile History Museum, includes a pictorial piece decorated with scenes of Maine by Ivy of Houlton and several late 19th/early 20th c. Waldoboro rugs made by Margaret Wellman.
The large collection of fine early American furniture will include a diminutive Hepplewhite mahogany bowfront server with original ‘Potthast Bros., Baltimore’ label on back and a circa 1855 flame mahogany Rococo Revival lady’s drop-front desk by Prudent Mallard of New Orleans. The group of Maine-made furniture includes a very desirable Chippendale birch case chest with four rampant maple drawers, plus cupboards, a blanket chest, candle stand, and harvest table.
Estate jewelry offerings will feature an Edwardian period strand of graduated natural pearls with reticulated diamond set platinum clasp, an 18K gold Audemars Piguet Art Deco form ladies wristwatch set with emeralds and diamonds, and an engraved Victorian Moghul gold, sapphire and diamond hinged bracelet.
The auction will present many fine examples of silver, such as a cased set of 110 pieces of Tiffany & Co. sterling flatware in the Shell & Thread pattern, a Georg Jensen silver covered bonbonnierre, and a pair of English 1811 sterling sauce tureens by Robert Hennell II.
Fine examples of Chinese carved jade will be offered, including an 18th-19th Century white jade sculpture of seated Quan Yin with praying child on carved wooden stand and a 19th-20th Century white jade Shan-Zi landscape with two pagodas on carved stand. There will also be a Ming Dynasty bronze figure of Dhanada and many fine examples of early porcelain.
The antiquities group will be led by an ancient Egyptian limestone fragment with a relief profile of a young official kneeling, a Greco-Roman cast gold roundel with inset garnets and beads depicting Emperor Augustus, plus fine examples of pre-Columbian, Persian, and Middle Eastern pottery.
There will be an excellent selection of rare documents, such as a first hand written account of the Civil War attack on Washington, DC in July 1864, Christmas cards and letters sent by Andrew Wyeth, and a collection of letters from John D. Jr. and other members of the Rockefeller family.
Finally, the firearms collection will offer a Confederate Infantry officer’s sword, a Revolutionary War era powderhorn with decoration depicting New England towns, a lot of World War I aviator’s memorabilia, plus a great selection of early pistols, revolvers and rifles.
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, November 4 through Friday, November 8 (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, November 9 & 10.
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.