THOMASTON, Maine — The May 22-23 Fine Art and Antiques Auction at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will include the most amazing collection of art, fine Oriental antiques, furniture, important time pieces, pottery/porcelain, carpets, and estate jewelry ever offered at this venue. Among the notable items are artworks by Andrew Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009), Erastus Salisbury Field (MA/NY, 1805-1900), and Montague Dawson (British, 1895-1973).
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said, “We are exceptionally fortunate to continue finding great rarities that we can present to the market for the very first time. This sale includes many important objects that have been held in private homes since their creation.”
Included in the art collection is Martinsville, Maine’s, “Ridge Church,” an oil on canvas painting by Andrew Wyeth (estimate $200,000-$300,000); “Garden of Eden” by Erastus Salisbury Field, a naïve Revivalist era (1830-40) fantasy landscape featuring exotic and indigenous plants and animals ($25,000-$35,000); “The Lofty Trader Scottish Moors,” an oil painting of an 1896 white hulled clipper by Montague Dawson ($60,000-$80,000); “Boats in Stormy Sea Off Yalta” by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky ($25,000-$30,000); and two works by Percy Sanborn — Ship Portrait “Henry B. Hyde” (built at Bath, Maine, 1884) and Ship Portrait of “The Great Republic” (from So. Boston, 1853) ($18,000-$20,000 each).
The sale will also present “Mother and Child” by Louise Nevelson (ME/NY, 1900-1988) ($15,000-$20,000); “Organ Grinder Pouring His Monkey a Drink,” unsigned circa 1860s, in the manner of Vasily Grigoryevich Perov (Russian, 1834-1882) ($12,000-$15,000); “Rocks, Cape Neddick, Maine” by John Marin (NY/ME/France, 1870-1953) ($8,000-$12,000); “Moulin aux Environs de Bruxelles” by Franz Courtens (Belgium, 1854-1943) ($7,000-$9,000); “British Royal Frigate and Two Others Off the Coast of Naples” by Tommaso de Simone (Italian, fl. 1850-1880) ($6,000-$8,000); “Winter in Moscow, 1945” by Guy Carleton Wiggins (NY/CT, 1883-1962), depicting people in a troika passing a church with triple onion domes in a blizzard ($5,000-$7,000); and a “Nocturnal Scene with Three Towering Trees” by Charles Warren Eaton (NY/NJ, 1857-1937) ($4,000-$6,000).
There will also be a variety of bronze sculptures in the sale, including “Penobscot Hunter,” a bronze sculpture by Jud Hartmann (ME, 1948- ), dated 1998 ($10,000-$15,000); “Ononkwaha, Oneida Chief,” by Jud Hartmann (ME, 1948- ), dated 1997 ($3,000-$5,000); “Appeal to the Great Spirit” by Cyrus Edwin Dallin (MA, 1861-1944), signed on base and dated 1913 ($3,000-$5,000); and Sudan Woman 1931 by Malvina Hoffman (NY 1887-1966) American sculptor and author from the Alexis Rudier Paris Foundry ($3,000-$5,000).
Important Oriental antiques will include a 19th century four-panel rosewood Oriental screen with blue and white hand painted porcelain tiles in assorted styles of Nanking Willowware depicting military engagements, landscapes and river scenes ($15,000-$18,000); a pair of three-part Chinese glazed and painted Ming Dynasty male and female tomb figures ($10,000-$15,000); a rare Japanese Imperial Award grade match lock smooth bore musket or Tanegashima circa 1635 with gold on black makie lacquer ivy decorated wooden stock ($7,000-$10,000); a pair of exquisite Canton enamel plates of the Ch’ien Lung period 1736-1795 ($6,000-$8,000); a rare Canton enamel flat dish of the Yung Cheng period 1722-1735 ($3,000-$5,000); an unusual Canton enamel dish with scalloped rim and slightly recessed pedestal foot of the Ch’ien Lung period 1736-1795 ($2,000-3,000); and a Ming Dynasty Portrait of a Mandarin Aristocrat on Horseback, in the Bochen style of Tseng Ching (1568-1650) ($2,000-$3,000).
Featured antique furniture will include a Louis XV marquetry inlaid tulipwood and kingwood table d’accouchee, circa 1755 ($15,000-$20,000); a late 18th century Queen Anne cherry highboy with full bonnet top, double fan carving and first period brass pulls topped with double flame outer finials ($8,000-$12,000); a coastal Maine or New Hampshire mid 18th century important Queen Anne maple and curly maple daybed with cyma-carved and curved crest rail and vase formed backsplat ($5,000-$7,000); an early 19th century Boston Sheraton mahogany chest with one board top, porringer corners, and lunette inlay ($4,000-$6,000); a late 18th-early 19th century small Hepplewhite mahogany bowfront sideboard with banded figured maple overhanging top ($3,000-$5,000); a coastal New England circa 1770-1790 mahogany lowboy with molded overhanging top and one long drawer over three short drawers ($4,000-$6,000); and a late 18th-early 19th century French provincial fruitwood secretary abatant fitted with a well figured molded edge marble top ($2,000-$3,000).
In addition to antique furniture, there will be a selection of important timepieces, including an 18-karat yellow gold Patek Philippe automatic perpetual day-date-month moon phase calendar watch, reference 3448 ($75,000-$95,000); a circa 1800 mahogany tall case clock with open fretwork and three brass finial bonnet by Daniel Burnap of E. Windsor CT ($8,000-$12,000); an early 20th century monumental, mahogany cased tall clock by Nelson H. Brown, Boston ($3,000-$5,000); an 18th century weight driven, brass movement Dutch wall clock of the Friesland region with crown escapement ($2,500-$3,500); a rare bloodstone and 9-karat gold mounted French carriage clock with silvered dial in original red leather travel case ($2,000-$3,000).
This sale will present many finely crafted and unique items of interest, such as a vintage Louis Vuitton wardrobe with exterior wood staves, leather corners and brass hardware ($4,000-$5,000); an early mustard yellow Louis Vuitton steamer trunk with leather corners and heavy brass hardware ($2,000-$2,500); a unique enameled gold lapel pin “Survivor, CSA, 1861-1865, Deo Vindice” presented to Jefferson Davis by “The Confederate Survivors Association of Augusta GA” along with a period engraved portrait of Davis ($3,000-$5,000); a gilded and painted American eagle plaque with banner that reads "Live and Let Live," possibly by Boston Artistic Carving Co. ($3,000-$4,000); a 19th century Russian figural mahogany with ebony trim by Rospini, St. Petersburg ($2,500-$3,000); and a Plains Indian long strapped bandolier bag with beaded geometric pattern floral decoration over red trade wool, circa 1880s ($2,000-$3,000).
Pottery and porcelain will include: a Liverpool creamware jug with transfer decoration of “An East View of Liverpool Light House & Signals on Bidston He(ights)” ($5,000-$7,000); a monumental 19th century Sevres gilt bronze mounted urn with signed hand painted panels ($3,000-$5,000); a tall Rookwood baluster vase decorated with yellow irises by Albert R. Valentine (1862-1925) ($2,500-$3,500); a set of 3 Crown Derby Campani form topographical urns in cobalt blue with gilt decoration and octagonal scenic views ($2,000-3,000); a rare Roseville pottery Della Robbia vase, incised cherry pattern with incised artist’s initials ‘G.B.’ ($2,000-$3,000); an Empire form Liverpool Creamware Gravy Boat with transfer decoration of an American whaling ship ($2,000-$3,000); and 33 pieces of antique Copeland Spode china in the beautiful cobalt blue and gilt Radiating Leaves pattern that descended in the family of Jefferson Davis ($1,000-$1,500).
The selection of fine vintage jewelry will include an 18 karat yellow gold mount ring set with three pear-shaped diamonds, including a 2.15-carat center stone ($15,000-$18,000); and a handmade ‘3D’ jeweled egg made of yellow gold and platinum that opens in the middle to reveal a handmade compass enhanced by channel set gemstones ($12,000-$15,000).
There will also be a collection of excellent silver, including: a Tiffany & Co. two handle sterling platter tray No. 17144-3986, circa 1908-1909 ($3,000-$5,000); a 133-piece sterling silver flatware set by Bigelow & Kennard in the Gorham Kings II pattern ($2,000-$3,000); a 4-piece silver set by G. Bointaburet Paris, with floral, ribbon and swag repousse designs raised on cloven hoof foot ($2,000-$3,000); and two sterling silver serving spoons with a ‘D’ monogram, made by Robert Keyworth (active Washington, DC, 1830-1835), probably a gift to Jefferson Davis for his first wedding in 1835 to the daughter of President Zachary Taylor ($2,000-$3,000).
More than 500 items will be sold per day, and the auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days. A complete, full-color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed on 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 and www.auctionzip.com). The buyer’s premium is 15 percent. Call 207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
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