>Thomaston Place uncovers treasures from Russia, Orient
THOMASTON, Maine — A beautiful and varied collection of art, first-rate antique furniture and finely crafted treasures from Russia and the Orient will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Feb. 5-6. Bidders also will have the opportunity to obtain estate jewelry, early firearms, furs, gold coins, fine carpets and Native American works.
A carved wooden menagerie carousel figure of a leaping goat by Charles I.D. Looff (1852-1918), circa 1880-85 is estimated to bring $15,000 to $25,000 and will lead the sale’s American folk art collection. Other key folk-art lots will include a zinc head, hollow-body leaping stag weather vane top attributed to Washburn, with remnants of its original gilt surface, expected to sell for $15,000 to $18,000, and an early summer-weight cotton quilt derived from the American flag, with the addition of an eagle clutching arrows and olive branch, which could sell for between $3,000 and $5,000.
The sale will offer an outstanding selection of formal, country and custom furniture, including a Boston-area 18th century Queen Anne walnut wing chair with rolled arms, balloon shaped seat and cabriole front legs is expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000 and a circa 1800-1815 classical gold-leaf mirror with cornice top, ball drops and a panel with raised gilt Grecian figures may cross the block for between $8,000 and $12,000.
Russian treasures include an enameled silver kvosh by Nikolai Vasilovich Aleksejev, Moscow, 1896-1908 expected to sell for $6,000 to $8,000, and a 20th-century hand-carved blue lapis and hard stone figure of a coachman in the manner of Faberge, with 18-karat gold buttons and belt trim, expected to cross the block for $3,000 to 5,000.
Fine Oriental objects will include an early Meiji-period Japanese cast-bronze relief decorated and signed dressing mirror with its original black and gold lacquered case and folding stand, which could sell for $3,000 to $4,000. A large Chinese charger of the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795) with a late 19th- or early 20th-century round stand with bamboo base may sell for $2,000 to $4,000.
Estate jewelry includes a vintage handmade 14-karat yellow-gold brooch and matching clip earrings set with pearls, dark blue cabochon sapphires and sapphire beads in the original box marked Olga Tritt, New York, expected to cross the block for $8,000 to $10,000, and a 14-karat, yellow-gold ring centered with a 3-carat, pear-shape brilliant-cut diamond and 20-channel set small round brilliant-cut diamonds, which could sell for $8,000 to $12,000.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days. A complete catalog can be viewed at the gallery’s site. In addition to live bidding, Thomaston Place accepts absentee, telephone (207-354-8141) and Internet bids via Artfact and AuctionZip Live!
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