THOMASTON, Maine — Important European art from the 15th-18th centuries, plus many fine American antiques and paintings will feature strongly in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Nov. 7-8 sale.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said, “The New York City collection of Anne Bigelow Stern will be the centerpiece of this auction. This is one of the most exciting groupings of museum quality early European fine art and antiques and I’ve ever seen. It’s a great opportunity for museums and collectors alike.”
Included in the collection of early European art is a pair of carved, polychrome, wooden liturgical figures depicting St. Florian and St. George from the workshop of Michael Pacher (German, 1435-1498; estimate $50,000-$100,000); an oil on canvas painting of a Stormy Coastal Landscape with Fishermen by Alessandro Magnasco ("il Lissandrino") (Italy, 1667-1749; estimate $60,000-$70,000); a tempera on vellum painting of the head of a woman, possibly Princess Sybil of Saxony, in the manner of Lucas Cranach the Elder (Germany, 1472-1553), circa 1535 (estimate $25,000-$50,000); a 15th century French marble statue of the Standing Madonna Holding Christ (estimate $20,000-$30,000); an oil on panel painting of an orange in a Wanli Kraak porcelain bowl with Cherries by Martinius N. Nellius (Dutch/Belgian, 1621-1680; estimate $18,000-$24,000); a painting of St. Jerome Praying at the Cross, circle of Filippino Lippi (circa 1457-1504) (estimate $10,000-$15,000); and a 16th century Flemish walnut reliquary of St. John and Mary Holding up the Cross (estimate $10,000-$15,000). There will also be several 17th-18th century Old Master drawings.
The sale will present works by major 19th and 20th century artists, including: ‘Donkeys in a Desert’ by John Singer Sargent (MA/UK, 1856-1925), painted in 1880 in Morocco (estimate $250,000-$350,000); a painting entitled, ‘Three Cows’ by Milton Avery (NY/CT, 1885-1965; estimate $120,000-$130,000); ‘Moon Over the City’, an oil on canvas work by Marguerite Thompson Zorach (NY/ME, 1887-1968) (estimate $75,000-$95,000); Two Fishermen in a Dory, a 1958 work by Jack Lorimer Gray (NY, 1927-1981); D’Artagnan, A Christmas Card, a watercolor/gouache painting by Andrew Newell Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009) (estimate $12,500-$15,000); and a circa 1850 New England Folk Art oil on canvas portrait of a young girl in a red dress with black cat (estimate $10,000-$15,000).
There will be a diverse selection of Americana, and featured furniture lots include a set of eight carved mahogany Hepplewhite period shield back side chairs by Thomas Badlam of Salem, Mass. (estimate $30,000-$40,000); a Chippendale mahogany Boston ball and claw foot serpentine front slant lid desk, circa 1775 (estimate $18,000-$22,000); a Chippendale period two-part walnut chest on chest (estimate $7,000-$9,000); a two section stepback country store cabinet with 79 individual drawers (estimate $3,000-$5,000); and early 18th century William & Mary yellow pine lift top blanket chest (estimate $2,500-$3,500); and an unusual American Hitchcock rocking chair that was the property of Mary Curry Parsons (estimate $2,500-$3,500).
In addition to furniture, the Americana collection includes a New England Federal Period country painted decorated maple and birch Chippendale tall case clock (estimate $9,000-$10,000); an 18th century solid walnut American Chippendale tall case clock by Isaac Grotz (estimate $4,000-$6,000); and an early schoolgirl map, ‘The United States of America’, by Mary L. Pratt, aged 14, Hingham (MA), 1821 (estimate $3,000-$4,000). There will also be a selection of needlepoint samplers, document boxes in original paint, and folk art portraits.
There will be an excellent selection of rare books and documents, such as a seldom-seen 1764 sea chart atlas of the Mediterranean by Joseph Roux (estimate $8,000-$12,000); an early botanical book, ‘The Herbal or General History of Plants’, by John Gerard, the 1633 revised edition by Thomas Johnson (estimate $5,000-$7,000); an early Dutch Bible, The Statsbijbl of 1664 (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a 1595 edition of Dante’s ‘La Divina Commedia’ (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a remarkable 1861-62 Civil War Journal of Pvt. John K. Collins from Deer Isle, Maine, member of Massachusetts 3rd Cavalry (estimate $2,500-$3,500); and an original manuscript of Christmas Carol, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, by Rev. Edmund Hamilton Sears (MA, 1810-$1876) (estimate $6,000-$8,000); and an original theatre broadside by Alphonse Mucha (French, 1860-$1939) for Sarah Bernhardt in ‘Lorenzaccio’ by Alfred de Musset, 1896 (estimate $15,000-$20,000).
The selection of decorative arts items offered includes a signed Japanese Meiji Period oval cast bronze koi bowl (estimate $7,000-$9,000); a Sunderland commemorative pink luster transferware water pitcher by Dixon & Austin Co. (estimate $3,000-$5,000); a bisque porcelain figural group, ‘Deux Jeunes Filles Marchant Au Vent’, by Hippolyte Francois Moreau (French, 1832-1927) (estimate $2,000-$3,000), a monumental hand painted French Pottery Jardiniere decorated by Dominic Auguste Grenet, dated 1879 (estimate $2,000-$3,000); a cameo glass vase signed Daum Nancy (estimate $18,000-$22,000); and a vintage upright mounted Louis Vuitton wardrobe with complete interior components (estimate $2,500-$3,500).
Important silver will include: a set of four matching Irish silver candlesticks with petal base repousse floral design and matching bobeche (estimate $10,000-$15,000); an Art Nouveau hand hammered sterling serving tray with raised floral design and edge marked Black, Starr & Frost (estimate $2,000-$3,000); and a 15-piece repoussed and cast silver Siamese dresser set (estimate $1,250-$1,500).
The selection of fine jewelry will include an 18 karat white gold Victorian style necklace set with a center cabochon emerald, three drop-shaped natural blue sapphires, and 250 diamonds (estimate $24,500-$30,000); an 18 karat yellow gold freeform link bracelet pave set with multi-colored diamonds (estimate $14,500-$16,500); 18 karat white gold ring set with a 7.0 carat natural yellow sapphire surrounded by pave set diamonds (estimate $13,500-$16,500)
The sale will also offer an excellent grouping of European pottery and porcelain, Oriental antiques, marine and sailor made items, antique lighting, Native American pieces, antiquities, African art, and a large selection of Oriental carpets.
Five hundred 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’ Web site at 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). The buyer’s premium is 15 percent.
For more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall, call 207-354-8141.