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The first sale of 2012 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will include a selection of important art, including a group of museum quality Old Master paintings. The sale will also feature master works in a variety of other categories, including silver, music boxes, furniture, estate jewelry, Oriental antiques, watches, firearms, art pottery, coins, glass, early maps, carved decoys, nautical items, and fine carpets.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “This sale will provide the perfect opportunity for buyers to acquire a masterpiece or two for their personal collection. It’s rare that we are able to offer this many objects of artistic or historic importance in one sale.”
The fine art collection will be led by ‘A View of Alvarado’ by Daniel Thomas Egerton (UK/Mexico, 1797 to $1842), unsigned, label verso gives title and indicates ‘In the background is the Volcano of Tuxtla, the highest summit of the Sierras of San Martin’, in the original gold gesso frame with multiple collectors wax seals at bottom (est. $100,000 – 200,000).
Old Master paintings to be offered will include: a 17th Century an oil on panel painting, still life of peaches in Chinese bowl, by Gillis Jacobsz Hulsdonck (Flemish, 1626 to $c.1675) (est. $50,000 to $75,000); a 16th Century Antwerp oil on panel work, ‘Madonna and Child’, from the Circle of the Master of the Parrot (est. $15,000 to $25,000); a painting depicting an orange in a Wanli kraak porcelain bowl with cherries attributed to Martinius N. Nellius (Dutch/Belgian, 1621 to $1680) (est. $12,000 to $15,000); an oval study of flowers in a basket with bee on tabletop, attributed to Balthasar van der Ast (Dutch, 1593 to $1657) (est. $10,000 to $15,000); a 16th Century Old Master work with unique provenance, ‘The Holy Family’, a smaller version of the composition by Barent Van Orley, with the original unique handcrafted wooden case worn under the coat of a Mr. Hurel, who brought the painting into this country in the 1890’s from France, insisting it was a Raphael from the collection of James II, the lot includes many original newspaper clippings from 1897 to $1912, receipts and letters of evaluation from that time up to the present (est. $10,000 to $20,000); and an oil on canvas painting, ‘St. Francis in Meditation’, in the manner of Guido Reni (Italian, 1575 to $1642) (est. $4,000 to $5,000).
Other important paintings will include: ‘Whalemen vs Mermaids’, a circa 1965 work by Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (MA, 1910 to $1982) (est. $18,000 to $22,000); a view of Helsingor Point and Kronborg Castle near Copenhagen, Denmark, by Johan Jens Neumann (Danish, 1860 to $1940), circa 1900 (est. $15,000 to $20,000); ‘Out for a Slide’ by Grandma Moses, with original artist’s label verso including title and date of 1945 ($10,000 to $12,000); ‘Lifting Fog’, a painting by Jane Peterson (MA/NY, 1876 to $1965) (est. $8,000 to $12,000); view of a Brittany village by Ross Braught (NY/PA, 1898 to $1983), dated 1922 (est. $7,000 to $9,000); a cathedral interior scene by Louis Beroud (French, 1852 to $1930), dated 1886 (est. $6,000 to $8,000); Portraits of Josephus Casparus and Maria Anna de Jaquemod, by Andreas Holzl, dated 1770 (est. $5,000 to $7,000); and ‘Umbrellas, Rockport, Mass.’, by J. Edward Fitzgerald (MA/CA, 1893 to $1971) dated 1924 (est. $4,000 to $6,000).
Marine art will also be presented in this sale, with highlighted paintings: ‘Clipper Ship Andrew Jackson’ by Percy Sanborn (Maine, 1849 to $1929) (est. $15,000 to $18,000); Red Star Line Steam & Sail Passenger & Freight Ship ‘San Jacinto’ by Antonio Jacobsen, (NY, 1850 to $1921), dated 1916 (est. $8,000 to $12,000); Ships Portrait of Four to $Mast Schooner ‘Adelaide Barbour’ by Antonio Jacobsen, dated 1907 (est. $6,000 to $8,000); Ships Portrait of British Four Mast Barque ‘Penares’ by Richard B. Spencer (British, active 1840 to $1870) (est. $4,000 to $6,000)
The sale will feature a pair of Faberge silver candelabrum, marked Peter Carl Faberge, hallmarked with Faberge stamp, Moscow, 1891, assayer Lev Oleks (est. $50,000 to $75,000). There will be many other outstanding examples of silver and gold craftsmanship, such as: a German 800 silver charger by architect, designer, and silversmith Herbert Zeitner (1900 to $1988)(est. $10,000 to $20,000); a 214 to $piece set of Durgin to $Chatham sterling silver flatware (est. $7,500 to $8,500); a nine piece sterling silver coffee and tea service by J.E. Caldwell & Co. (est. $6,500 to $8,000); a circa 1905 solid 18K gold cup by Tiffany with engraved rim and foot decoration and floral reticulated handle (est. $6,500 to $7,500); and a seven piece Taxco, Mexico sterling silver beverage service (est. $5,000 to $7,500).
A group of Chinese antiques will include: a Warring States Period silver inlaid bronze Phoenix form finial with rampant tail, spread wings, and integral square mounting peg on wooden base (est. $30,000 to $50,000); a Tang Dynasty standing pottery horse with remnants of polychrome paint on integral plinth with custom pad (est. $20,000 to $30,000); a large 18th Century jade seal surmounted by a double to $headed dragon in a 19th Century
custom cloisonne fitted box (est. $15,000 to $20,000); a Wei Dynasty (386 to $589 AD) pottery tomb sculpture (ming ch’i) of a courtier on horseback with remnants of pigment (est. $8,000 to $12,000); a set of white jade sword fittings decorated with dragons and monkeys, Late Eastern Zhou, Western Han Dynasty, 3rd to $2nd c BC, comprising a pommel, chape of lenticular section, hilt and scabbard slide (est. $6,000 to $8,000); and a 19th c white jade Buddha holding censer on custom carved wooden stand (est. $4,000 to $5,000). Many pieces of fine Chinese and Japanese porcelain will also be presented.
A highlight of the furniture category will be a circa 1880 Italian slate top game table with micro to $mosaic decoration of the landmarks of Rome in twelve panels, a marble inlaid game board, and outside border in semi to $precious stone, set on an Aesthetic design red walnut base by R.J. Horner of NYC (est. $10,000 to $15,000). Other featured furniture will include: a fine circa 1790 Chippendale Boston or Salem mahogany chest with bold serpentine molded overhanging top and four graduated drawers (est. $9,000 to $12,000); an early 19th Century New York Sheraton figured mahogany shaped front sideboard attributed to Duncan Phyfe, NYC (est. $5,000 to $8,000); a diminutive, circa 1800 New York Hepplewhite silver server in mahogany and satinwood veneer (est. $5,000 to $8,000); a Napoleon III era ebonized cabinet with hand painted porcelain panels, gilt ormolu mounts and white marble top (est. $4,500 to $5,000); a pair of Jacobean Period English walnut cabinets with pawfeet at corners and molded panels flanking a central cabinet door with chip carved sunburst (est. $4,000 to $6,000); and six Newburyport, Mass. 18th Century Chippendale mahogany carved chairs (est. $4,000 to $6,000).
An outstanding group of music boxes will be offered, such as: a Patek Philippe Miniature Tortoise Shell and Gold Music Box with mechanical bird in the original fitted box (est. $8,000 to $12,000); a Swiss Six to $Song Cylinder Music Box on Matching Stand by A. Riviere & Co., Geneva, dated 1878, serial no. 18140 (est. $5,000 to $7,000); a Swiss 10 Air Cylinder Music Box by Jacot on Custom Stand, circa 1895 (est. $3,000 to $5,000); and a circa 1905 Columbia Cylinder Music Box in a solid cherry case with nickel plated works and three interchangeable cylinders in drawer (est. $2,000 to $3,000).
The large collection of estate jewelry and timepieces will include: a square motif jewelry suite consisting of lady’s ring and matching earrings executed in platinum, 18K gold, and yellow & colorless diamonds (est. $25,000 to $30,000); a pair of platinum omega clip earrings with emeralds (total weight: 9.27 carats) and diamonds (est. $24,000 to $30,000); an 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual day and date gent’s wristwatch with bark case and band (est. $5,000 to $7,000); a vintage 18K yellow gold heavy charm bracelet style link bracelet weighing 62 dwt (est. $4,000 to $4,500); and an 18K gold cased pocket watch marked ‘Jules Jurgensen, Copenhagen’ on the enameled face (est. $4,000 to $6,000).
There will be a diverse variety of other rare and unusual items, such as: a monumental bronze garden sculpture depicting a family of bears by Dan Ostermiller, entitled “Tres Osos” and dated 2000 (est. $10,000 to $20,000); a pair of magnificent circa 1890 opera house bronze chandeliers, probably by Caldwell (est. $10,000 to $12,000); a signed Art Glass Boudoir Lamp with plum and crimson leaf forms over the white case glass shade by Emile Galle in the original Art Nouveau yoke form bronze stand (est. $5,000 to $8,000); a vintage Louis Vuitton vertical wardrobe trunk, serial no 799382 (est. $5,000 to $7,000); a
Ryman Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar, one of 243 made by Washburn in 1992 from oak reclaimed from the Ryman Auditorium pews (former site of the Grand Ole Opry), with case and certificate of authenticity (est. $4,500 to $5,500); a 17th c Middle Eastern Bronze Pot with inlaid gold wire decoration and six cartouches of court portraits (est. $4,000 to $6,000); a circa 1870 Bardou & Son of Paris brass telescope on mahogany tripod with brass fitting (est. $3,000 to $4,000); and one of the original Thomas Edison laboratory test lamps, made during his development of the filament (est. $2,500 to $3,000).
There will also be four pieces of art pottery by Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929 to $2007), including a high to $shouldered cylindrical jar form with broad raised neck and flared flat rim with dark brown tenmoku glaze (est. $1,800 to $2,200), 7 lots of important carved shorebird and duck decoys, 16 lots of antique weapons and firearms, and 105 lots of coins, such as an 1897O full strike Morgan silver dollar (est. $3,600 to $4,500).
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