Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Nov. 7-9 sale will offer a broad diversity of items, ranging from ancient Middle Eastern and Asian artifacts to Arts & Crafts furniture, paintings and accessories. The sale will also feature amazing collections of rare books and ephemera, important American and European paintings, antique furniture, estate jewelry, oriental carpets, firearms, decoys, Chinese and Japanese export porcelain, Native American items, French faience, French art glass, and American Brilliant cut glass.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We are anticipating an eager bidding audience that’s as diverse as the selection of items in this upcoming sale. Regardless of interest, our customers believe in buying tangible things that hold value, can eventually increase in value, and give immense pleasure while owning them. This is a very sensible approach in today’s market.”
Antiquities will include a pair of turquoise faience Egyptian Ustabti from 380-330 BC (estimate $3,000-4,000); a circa 14th Century Nordic form bronze axe head (estimate $3,000-5,000); a Greco-Roman white marble head of an aristocratic woman (estimate $2,000-3,000); and a Thai Sawankhalok stoneware bowl from the 14th-15th Century (estimate $1,500-2,000). Many of the Middle Eastern antiquities in this sale were collected in the 1890s by Edgar Banks, amateur archeologist, a U.S. Emissary to Baghdad and set/costume advisor to Cecil B. DeMille, who later became the role model for film character Indiana Jones.
Pines at Sunset, a painting by Charles Warren Eaton (NY/N, 1857-1937) in a beautiful water gilded period frame is a highlight of the Arts & Crafts collection in this sale (estimate $35,000-45,000). Other examples include: 6 pieces of Gustav Stickley furniture, a circa 1910 pool table by O.L. Briggs (estimate $3,000-5,000); a 4-piece Tiffany Studios desk set in the Pine Needle pattern (estimate $1,200-1,800); a room-size stitchwork rug (estimate $1,000-2,000); and an art pottery vase by Jacques Sicard for Weller (estimate $800-1,200).
This sale will include several important marine paintings such as: an oil on canvas of four-masted schooner ‘John H. Platt’ by William Pierce Stubbs (estimate $20,000-25,000); a maritime scene of a British warship entering port painted in 1805 by John Baker (estimate $10,000-15,000); and an oil on canvas of Ship Ida Lilly in a hurricane by German artist Carl Fedeler (estimate $10,000-15,000). European painters included in this sale are Floris Arntzenius (Dutch), Francois Bocion (Swiss), Felix Ziem (French), Jan Harmen Van Grootveld (Dutch), Ruggero Focardi (Italian), and Gennaro Favai (Italian). There will be 4 paintings by American artist William Preston Phelps (NH, 1848-1923), and there will be works by celebrated American painters A.C. Goodwin (MA/NY, 1864 – 1929), Edward A. Page (MA, 1850-1928), Carl Sprinchorn (ME, 1887-1971), John Joseph Enneking (MA/ME, 1841-1916), and Carl Philipp Weber (PA, 1850-1921).
A highlight of this sale is an autographed baseball that was a souvenir of the American ‘All-Star’ Team Asia Tour of 1934 and signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack (Manager), Lefty Gomez, Jimmie Fox, Frankie Hayes, Joe Cascarella, Harold ‘Rabbit’ Warstler, Earl Whitehill, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty O’Doul, Bing Miller, Moe Berg, Eric McNair, Earl Averill, and Clint Brown (est. $3,000-5,000).
The sale will also offer a Native American quill on bark covered box with decoration done in quill and stump work (estimate $3,000-5,000) and a cast iron, double face devil still bank (estimate $2,500-3,000).
The sale will also include a nice selection of antique furniture, including: a circa 1790 Massachusetts Hepplewhite mahogany card table (estimate $8,000-12,000); an 18th Century country Queen Anne walnut highboy (estimate $10,000-12,000); and an English mahogany coffin shaped cellaret signed inside: "April 24th 1819 William Emmitt of B. Banks Cellaret maker Litchfield Street London” (estimate $8,000-12,000).
In addition to stunning pearls and gem set pieces, the estate jewelry collection will include gold accessories by Cartier and Dunhill. There will be many sterling silver lots on offer, including a 19th Century 6-piece tea set by S. Kirk & Son (est. $3,000-4,000); 3 Art Nouveau demitasse cups and saucers by Tiffany & Co. (estimate $2,000-2,500); and a 4-piece demitasse tea set by Georg Jensen (estimate $2,000-3,000).
On Friday, the sale will feature a variety of rare books, maps and ephemera, such as: a rare limited edition 40 volume set of works by Washington Irving published in 1895-97) (estimate $6,000-8,000); a 3 volume set of ‘American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States’ by Alexander Wilson (estimate $2,000-3,000), Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and Sir William Jardine published in 1832 (estimate $2,000-3,000); a cabinet photo of ‘Curley’, General Custer’s Native American Scout, by D.F. Barry (est. $3,000-5,000); and 15 Royal Christmas cards dating from 1926 to 1941 from Queen Mary of England (1867-1953), Consort to King George V (estimate $2,000-3,000).
Five hundred items will be sold per day, and the auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 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.
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 Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 7 (from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day) and from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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.