THOMASTON, Maine — Important works by Martin Johnson Heade and Joseph DeCamp, plus an impressive array of marine paintings, will highlight Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Labor Day Weekend sale on Aug. 30-31. The sale will also feature an amazing collection of antique furniture, folk art, art pottery, French glass, estate jewelry, Russian silver, and fine oriental carpets.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We are very excited about the fabulous pieces included in this auction, most coming from Maine families. Our sale will include the finest grouping of paintings and important American furniture ever offered at Thomaston Place. Our selection of American folk art, art pottery, Daum Nancy glass, and silver is also amazing.”
The Heade painting, Roman Newsboys II (estimate $150,000-$200,000), is the second version of a similar work of the same title painted in Rome in 1848 that currently hangs in the Toledo Museum of Art. This is a very rare example of a genre scene by this American master, and the two versions of this appear to be the only of his genre scenes to have survived.
There will be a total of nine Joseph DeCamp works in the sale, including: The Sisters, a lovely oil on canvas painting depicting his daughters, Pauline and Lydia (estimate $100,000-$125,000); a self portrait (estimate $20,000-$25,000); and Plato’s Garden, an 1875 mural design created for Trinity Church Boston (estimate $20,000-$30,000).
Important marine paintings will also be highlighted. Works will include: Charles Sidney Raleigh’s 1870 oil painting of the American ship Augusta, estimate $35,000-$45,000; S.F.M. Badger’s depiction of the four-masted schooner Ellen Little (estimate $25,000-$35,000); William R. Davis’ painting of City of Bangor Sidewheeler (estimate $20,000-$25,000); and Percy Sanborn’s ship portrait of Grace Ross (estimate $20,000-$30,000).
Masterpieces of American furniture on offer will include: a set of 5 figured mahogany Queen Anne/Chippendale transitional chairs made for Ralph Wormley, a founder of William & Mary College and owner of ‘Rosegill’ Plantation, Middlesex County, Va., (estimate $40,000-$50,000); an early 19th Century Pennsylvania 2-part poplar stepback cupboard with its original red stained surface (estimate $25,000-$30,000); a circa 1890 American oak and poplar bookcase over cabinet heavily carved with nautical and wildlife themes (estimate $20,000-$25,000); and a 1750-60 American Queen Anne mahogany corner chair (estimate $20,000-$25,000). There will also be a mid-century modern teak framed arm chair by Hans Wegner (estimate $6,000-$9,000) and a Gustav Stickley vertical slat settle #208 (estimate $4,500-$5,500).
The sale will feature important pieces of American folk art such as a monumental early 20th Century weathervane in the form of Eastern Steamship Company’s Excursion Boat Kennebec, which ran out of Bath, Maine (estimate $10,000-$15,000); a circa 1870, 62-inch wide carved sternboard eagle with American shield attributed to carver J. Nabor (estimate $25,000-$35,000); a walnut miniature chest of drawers heavily inlaid with mother of pearl and topped with a carved American eagle (estimate $6,000-$8,000); and a 24 1/2-inch by 21 1/2-inch Native American made ash burl bowl carved from a single piece of wood (estimate $10,000-$15,000).
Another sale highlight is a spectacular pair of Sevres architectural scale entryway urns in cobalt blue glaze with hand painted panels of Allegories of the Arts (estimate $25,000-$35,000). American art pottery will be well represented with three pieces by Benedictine monk Brother Thomas Bezanson (VT/PA 1929-2007), and a vase by Jacques Sicard for Weller. There will also be three pieces of Liverpool transfer printed pottery: a circa 1800 polychrome jug depicting an American ship and Seal of the United States (estimate $8,000-$12,000); a circa 1795 creamware jug titled ‘Birdston Lighthouse Signal’ (estimate $6,000-$8,000); and a circa 1800 transfer printed bowl featuring an American ship, Liberty with shield, and Seal of the United States (estimate $3,000-$5,000).
There will be a wonderful selection of art glass, including: 11 carved and engraved pieces by Daum Nancy, plus items by Legras, Tiffany Studios, St. Denis and American Brilliant Period cut glass makers.
Silver lots will include: a plique-a-jour Russian gilt silver Baptismal spoon by Antip Ivanovich Kuzimichev (estimate $2,000-$3,000); a 199-piece diplomatic table service of Continental 800 silver flatware in a ornately carved custom mahogany chest (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a set of 6 William IV period silver gilt plates by Robert Garrard of London (estimate $3,000-$5,000); and an 18th Century Russian sterling sugar caster by Aleksai Afanasbev (estimate $1,400-$1,800). There will also be a selection of American coin and Russian enameled silver items in the sale.
An amazing selection of jewelry will include: a platinum, contemporary design ring set with a 2.95 carat marquis cut diamond and tapered cut diamond baguettes on each side (estimate $20,000-$25,000); a Tiffany & Co. 18K gold, platinum and diamond ‘Tailored Five Row’ bracelet (estimate $15,000-$20,000); and an outstanding 18K and platinum, enameled and gem set sea horse brooch designed by David Webb (estimate $14,000-$16,000).
Five hundred items will be sold per day, and the auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both days. A complete catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed on Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Web site, www.thomastonauction.com. A list of coins 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. Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
The Galleries will be open for previews Aug. 25-29 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day) and from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on each auction day. There will also be a Twilight preview and reception at the Galleries on Thursday evening, Aug. 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is mid-coast Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston. Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, and providing house call appraisal services. Its expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.