19th-century Russian silver kovsh may fetch upwards of $15K at sale

THOMASTON, Maine — A diverse array of fine art paintings and lithographs, plus a collection of modernist home furnishings will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ first sale of 2013, scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3. This auction will also offer many fine examples of Russian silver, Oriental rarities, antique furniture, estate jewelry, watches, Native American items, firearms, and antiquities.

1950s ‘Long John’ teak coffee table by Dunbar Furniture Co. carries an estimate of $1,200 to $1,600. (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

“Our first sale of 2013 includes something to appeal to every interest,” said Kaja Veilleux, auctioneer and owner of Thomaston Place. “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.”

Six color lithographs by Marc Chagall (Russia/France, 1887-1985) will be offered, including: ‘Le Cirque Ambulant’ (est. $14,000-16,000), ‘Intime’ (est. $12,000-14,000), ‘La Famille au Coq’ (est. $7,000-9,000), ‘La Baou de Sainte Jeannet II’ (est. $6,000-8,000),

Color lithograph, titled ‘Le Cirque Ambulant’, by Marc Chagall, is expected to fetch $14,000 to $16,000 during the Feb. 2 and 3 auction. (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

‘Le Bouquet Rouge’ (est. $6,000-8,000), and ‘Passage du Midi’ (est. $6,000-8,000). All are signed artist’s proofs dated 1969 and hail from a single Maine collection.

Featured paintings include: an oil on canvas entitled ‘Mrs. Rosen’s Bedroom’ by Sir John Lavery (UK, 1856-1941) (est. $125,000-150,000); an oil on canvas portrait of the Cunard steamer Gallia by J. E. Buttersworth (1817-1894) (est. $35,000-45,000); an oil on canvas portrait of the four mast schooner ‘Clifford N. Carver’ by Samuel Findley Morse Badger (est. $18,000-22,000); a watercolor study of a young girl with red parasol by Maurice Prendergast ($8,000-12,000); ‘The Battle of Scheveningen’, an oil on board work by famed Dutch painter Claes Claesz Wou ($7,000-9,000), and two oil on canvas paintings depicting Venice by Rafael Senet y Perez of Spain (est. $5,000-7,500 each). Works by noted American painters William Partridge Burpee, John Whorf, Guy Pene du Bois, Robert Brackman , Henry Rodman Kenyon, and Louis Paul Dessar, plus a group of 36 photogravures of Native American subjects by Edward Sheriff Curtis (est. $3,000-5,000), will also be presented.

Some examples of the many mid-century modern furnishings set for sale include:

• 1950s Paine Co. ‘Long John’ teak coffee table by Dunbar Furniture Co. (est. $1,200-1,600)

• Four Eames arm chairs by Herman Miller (est. $1,000-1,500)

• Isamu Noguchi style designed glass top coffee table for Herman Miller (est. $1,000-1,500)

• Mahogany and metal sunburst wall clock by Howard Miller Co. (est. $800-1,200)

• 1963 ‘Viverator’ massage lounge chair by Contour Chair Co. of St. Louis (est. $500-700)

Continental 18th Century two-part walnut secretary (est. $6,000 – $9,000). (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries).

Rounding out the furniture collection will be an 18th Century Continental two-part secretary in walnut (est. $6,000-9,000), a small Connecticut Chippendale serpentine front chest of drawers (est. $6,000-9,000), among other furnishings.

The group of Russian antiques slated for sale includes silver pieces, icons, bronze sculpture, and glassware. Lots generating the most pre-sale interest is a circa 1890 large, enamel decorated gilt silver kovsh by Ilya Katorsky of St. Petersburg (est. $15,000-18,000), and a bronze sculpture entitled ‘Three Men in a Troika, 1880′ by Evgeni Ivanovich Naps (Russia, 19th-20th c.) (est. $6,000-8,000).

There will be over 100 lots of finely crafted treasures from the Orient, such as a Chinese North Song Dynasty ink on silk scroll painting by Zhou yu Feng (est. $10,000-15,000), a Chinese jadeite covered jar with loose ring handles and original stand (est. $30,000-40,000), as well as many fine pieces of export porcelain, bronze, and cloisonné.

Estate jewelry and watches will be well represented in the sale, featuring: an Edwardian 18K gold and diamond watch pin by Black Starr & Frost with a total diamond weight of 6.82 cts (est. $7,000-9,000); an antique gold, silver, Tahitian pearl, and diamond brooch featuring a 2 ct briolette diamond drop (est. $6,000-8,000); a ladies’ dress wristwatch with 18K gold octagonal case and set with diamonds and jade inserts by Dreicer & Company, New York (est. $3,000-5,000); and a men’s Art Deco platinum Patek Philippe & Co. pocketwatch retailed by Tiffany & Co. (est. $4,000-5,000).

Additional lots featured in this diverse and extensive auction include:

• Circa 1275-1350 AD Native American polychrome yellow ware bowl (est. $1,500-1,800).

Medieval French Book of Hours, circa 1505, is pegged to sell for $5,000 to $7,000. (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries).

• French Book of Hours, circa 1505, printed on vellum from the workshop of Philippe Pigouchet (est. $5,000-7,500)

• Antiquities, including: an Etruscan period high carat gold fibula (est. $2,000-3,000) and an Aztec carved stone anthropomorphic mask from 450-650 AD (est. $2,000-3,000)


This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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