THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Summer Decorative Arts & Doll Auction, July 26-27, will feature a diversity of useful and beautiful items with appeal to decorators, collectors, and those with an eye for unique pieces. With over 1,100 lots, the sale will include something for every taste, ranging from fine paintings and American folk art, to antique furniture, Steiff animals, vintage cameras, estate jewelry, bisque head dolls and Mettlach steins.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “We are looking forward to a fun, fast-moving sale — a great way to spend a couple of summer afternoons in Midcoast Maine. I’m certain every bidder will find something special to add to their home, camp or collection at this auction.”
A centerpiece of this sale will be Marguerite Baldacci’s amazing collection of antique dolls, stuffed animals and doll accessories. This collection includes many important French and German made bisque head dolls, including examples by Simon & Halbig, Heinrich Handwerck, Kestner, Konig & Wernicke, Ernst Heubach, Hertel & Schwab , S.F.B.J., and C. M. Bergmann. There also will be a variety of vintage Steiff animals and many outstanding vintage doll accessories, such as houses, prams, trunks, and clothing.
The sale will include an extensive vintage camera collection, and a large grouping of ships in bottles. There will be 150 lots of antique furniture, encompassing formal pieces, excellent wicker and patio sets, and country items with original paint; 65 oriental carpets and area rugs; and 200 lots of fine art and sculpture, including works by George Barker, Charles Rosen and Jesse Benton Evans. There also will be a nice selection of etchings and prints, including pieces by Currier & Ives, Audubon, Mark Chagall, and Erte; and there will be an original cel from Disney’s 1942 film, Bambi.
And, as always, this Thomaston Place auction will offer a variety of antique sterling silver, china and porcelain, glass, lighting, nautical items, Oriental artifacts, and advertising.
Over 550 items will be sold per day, and the auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both days. A complete catalog is available, and all lots can be viewed on Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Web site, www.thomastonauction.com. A list of dolls included in the sale is available by calling 207-354-8141.
In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the Internet (via eBay Live Auctions). The buyer’s premium is 12% with payment by credit card and 10% with payment by cash or check. Call 207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
The Gallery will be open for previews Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day) and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on each auction day.