THOMASTON, Maine – Seldom-offered antiquities, fine art, rare documents and fine antiques are crossing the block at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day sale Nov. 3-5; the auction begins at 11 a.m. each day. The firm is also accepting bids via absentee, telephone and on the Internet (via www.artfact.com, www.invaluable.com and www.auctionzip.com).
The artifacts category includes Oriental and Mesoamerican antiquities, bronze sculpture, early paintings, documents, wax relief portraits and cameos, as well as fine pieces of ancient pottery and bronze collected in Israel, many of which were gifted to the consignor by Moshe Dayan prior to 1970.
The auction will also feature an 18th century walnut cased Philadelphia tall clock with fully dimensional 6-inch tall rooster finial and works by David Paterson of Sunderland (active 1763-1778) (estimate $30,000-$40,000). Another highlight will be a Gustav Stickley floor lamp with hammered copper peacock overlay shade with red and green swirl glass, hammered copper kerosene font and metal strap trim over quarter sawn oak pedestal ($3,000-$5,000).
There will be a diverse collection of paintings and sculpture, highlights of which include two bronze portrait busts by Honore Daumier (French, 1808-1879): “Pelet de la Lozere” ($13,000-$15,000) and “Disgust Personified” ($13,000-$15,000); “Spring Sisters,” an oil on canvas painting by Hamilton Hamilton (CT/CA, 1847-1928) ($7,000-$9,000); and a group of four circa 1930s silver nitrate photographs of the landmark Santa Fe House by Ansel Adams ($10,000-$12,000).
The furniture category will include many examples of American craftsmanship, such as a circa 1800-1815 Sheraton four-drawer mahogany bowfront chest ($8,000-$12,000), an Aesthetic Period stepback form walnut sideboard attributed to architect Frank Furness (Philadelphia, 1839-1912) ($2,000-$3,000); and a Southern Hepplewhite inlaid cherry sugar chest ($1,500-$1,800).
More than 200 lots of fine oriental antiques will be presented in this auction, such as a Chinese Ming Dynasty watercolor on silk depicting a mountain landscape scroll by Zhou Chen (1460-1535) ($20,000-$30,000) and an 18th century yellow soapstone figure of Qigong Buddha ($10,000-$15,000).
Fine antique silver offerings include a pair of George III Sheffield sterling five-arm banquet candelabra by Creswick & Co. ($10,000-$20,000) and a circa 1770 American colonial silver bowl by Philadelphia silversmith William Hollingshead ($3,000-5,000).
American art pottery will also be highlighted, led by a medium size scroll and leaf base by Grueby Pottery (1897-1911) with partial textured matte green glaze ($8,000-$10,000).
The sale will also present pieces by Frederick E. Walrath of Rochester, N.Y., Van Briggle of Colorado Springs, Colo., George E. Orr of Biloxi, Miss. (1857-1918) and Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929-2007, Weston Priory, Vt.).
For more information, visit Thomaston Place Auction Galleries online or contact the firm at 207-354-8141 to reserve seats in the auction hall.