Thomaston Place sale offers diverse collections

THOMASTON, Maine — The Feb. 6-7 sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will offer up an incredible array of lots that will please both collectors and those with an eye for exceptional design. The auction will feature fine art, antique and custom made furniture, Oriental items, coins, firearms, estate jewelry, silver, rare books and ephemera, Native American pieces, vintage lighting, and carpets and textiles.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “This incredibly diverse collection is truly a feast for the eyes, both in our gallery and on our Web site. We promise previewers and bidders a stimulating and delightful experience.”

Included in the collection of fine art is: an oil on canvas painting of the Church of St. Rocco, Venice, by Rubens Santoro (Italy, 1859-1942) (estimate $40,000-$60,000); ‘Kurds Near Kandahar,’ a painting by Alexandre Iacovleff (France/Russia/Africa, 1887-1938) (estimate $25,000-$35,000); ‘HM Clyde at Battle with French Frigate Vestale of Gironde, August 20, 1799,’ by Derek G.M. Gardner, R.S.M.A. (British, 1914-2007) (estimate $20,000-$25,000); a painting of a haystack between road and river by John Henry Twachtman (NY/CT, 1853-1902) (estimate $10,000-$15,000); a watercolor/gouache work by Andrew Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009) of a small house in snow, possibly a Christmas greeting (estimate $10,000-$15,000); and an oil on canvas painting, ‘Pawlet Snowstorm,’ by Jay Connaway (ME, 1893-1970) (estimate $7,500-$10,000).

The sale will present works by Thomas Moran (PA/CA, 1837-1926), Ralph Blakelock (NY/CA, 1847-1919), Thomas Sully (PA, 1783-1872), Emile Gruppe (MA, 1896-1978), Ludwig Bemelmans (NY, 1898-1962), Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro (French, 1893-1983), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Richard Morrell Staigg (RI, 1817-1881), Charles Curran (NY, 1861-1942), William Haseltine (PA/Italy, 1835-1900), Jaques Francois Swebach (French, 1769-1823), Pieter Daniel Dik (Dutch, 1943-1984), and Frank Henry Shapleigh (NY, 1842-1906).

A highlight of the sale will be a platinum print photo album including over 100 images of the American West by Adam Clark Vroman (American, 1856-1916) gathered while he was contracted by the government. This album was bound as part of a series of 16 albums of images, and it is entitled ‘Pueblos – Taos to Isleta, 1899’ (estimate $50,000-$75,000).

Other items of historic interest include a bound set of 18th century French Admiralty charts of the Coast of England with Napoleon association (estimate $25,000-$50,000); a 17th century Italian carved and gilt wooden saint reliquary in the form of an arm with raised hand (estimate $7,000-$9,000); an 18th century official Papal Bull on vellum with lead seal issued by Pope Pius VI (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a pre-Columbian Meso-American gold fetish in the form of a jaguar from 800-1500 AD (estimate $3,500-$5,000); and a 19th century apothecary trade sign in the form of a mortar and pestle (estimate $2,000-$3,000).

Featured furniture will include a circa 1880 French Empire marble top sideboard of gilt bronze mounted amboyna wood with inset ink drawn panels (estimate $8,000-$12,000); an American cherry Chippendale chest on chest, circa 1790 (estimate $6,000-$8,000); a French Empire abattant desk in crotch mahogany veneer (estimate $3,000-$5,000); and a State of Maine country Hepplewhite single drawer lamp stand in original mustard yellow paint with red and green striping and continuous vine border around the top edge (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

In addition to furniture, there will be a large selection of fine Asian antiques, including a high quality Japanese Samurai sword (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a Chinese Yuen Dynasty (14th century) Cizhou Ware stoneware wine jar (estimate $4,000-$6,000); an 18th century lacquered papier mache Persian pen box decorated with fine cartouche portraits (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a 1796 Chinese carved burl root brush pot with presentation inscription (estimate $3,500-$4,500); a Chinese Qianlong Period footed potpourri jar in spinach jade with pierced lid (estimate $2,500-$3,500); and a Japanese Meiji Period Makie lacquer smoking box with chrysanthemums decoration (estimate $2,000-$3,000).

 This sale will present a French Gallé signed cameo art glass vase (estimate $8,000-$12,000) and an extensive grouping of silver, with a large selection of flatware sets and many excellent early English, French, Russian and Persian pieces.

The selection of fine jewelry will include a handmade platinum necklace and pendant set with a natural blue-green step cut indicolite tourmaline weighing 34.24 carats surrounded by 22 marquis cut natural diamonds (estimate $20,000-$25,000); a circa 1910-20 platinum ladies ring set with a single round 3.99 carat brilliant diamond (estimate $18,000-$22,000); a handmade 3-D dragonfly brooch in platinum and 20 karat gold set with tsavorites, tanzanites, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds (estimate $15,000-$18,000); a strand of 39 graduated South Sea cultured silvery gray pearls with gold and diamond clasp (estimate $15,000-$20,000); and an antique Victorian 18 karat necklace by Luigi Pallotti, Venezia, set with sapphires and rose cut diamonds in its original box (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

The sale will also offer a collection of early firearms, such as a .45 caliber Colt Six-Shot revolver engraved by A.A. White (estimate $4,000-$6,000) and a .45 caliber Colt Frontier Six Shooter Bisley model engraved by R.W. Marek (estimate $2,500-$4,000). Also offered in the sale is a selection of coins, including 40 uncirculated 1881O and 1887 Morgan silver dollars (estimate $1,000-$1,200) and an American Liberty Head 1877 gold $20 coin (estimate $1,000-$1,200).

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

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet (via The buyer’s premium is 15 percent.

Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

The Galleries will be open for previews Feb. 1-5 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day) and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Photos courtesy Thomaston Place.


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