Vintage figural crab brooch highlights 1,200-lot discovery auction

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THOMASTON, Maine – The April 14-15 Discovery Sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will include more than 1,200 lots of fine art, estate jewelry and watches, furniture, porcelain and pottery, sterling silver, carpets, lighting, oriental items, toys, firearms, art glass, textiles, ephemera and collectibles.

vintage crab broochThis vintage handmade 14-karat yellow gold figural brooch depicting a hermit crab is set with an oval cabochon amethyst body and ruby eyes, measures 1-1/4 inches high and 1-3/4 inches wide and carries a presale estimate of $500 to $700.

The fine art collection will include more than 500 lots of paintings, etchings and lithographs created by American and European artists. The paintings include examples of early folk art, still life works, portraits and landscapes. There will also be 50 examples of sculpture, including works executed in bronze, marble, ivory, wood and stone.

The furniture will include more than 120 lots of American and European pieces – both formal and country, antique and contemporary – in a variety of styles. Included in this category will be a 19th century highly carved oak Continental two-part court cupboard; a Victorian mahogany handmade coin collector’s cabinet with 12 drawers; a mahogany frame Chippendale camelback sofa with linen fold legs and fully upholstered in crimson velour; a circa 1820, English Regency mahogany leather top rent table; and a 1920s chinoiserie sideboard in cinnabar red lacquer with raised gold landscapes

Estate jewelry and watches total 135 lots in this auction. Jewelry will include a custom, handmade 14-karat yellow and white gold necklace with box link chain and diamond set pendant; a pair of 14-karat yellow gold mounted square Japanese cloisonné panel water lily design cufflinks; a vintage handmade 14-karat yellow gold figural brooch depicting a hermit crab set with a cabochon oval amethyst body and ruby eyes; and a 14-karat white gold marquise shaped cluster ring with 25 round diamonds. The large selection of wrist and pocket watches will include examples by Lucien Piccard, Longines, Rolex, Omega, Elgin, Hamilton, Wittnauer and Waltham.

Japanese cloisonne cufflinksPair of 14-karat yellow gold mounted square Japanese cloisonné panel water lily design cufflinks.

Three interesting pieces of early technology will be offered: An Edison Deluxe mahogany cased phonograph, floor model C250 in an Egyptian Revival style mahogany case with 14 original Edison Diamond Discs (80 rpm), a box of extra needles and a needle cutter; a French stereopticon viewer made by L.E. Taxiphote with three drawers for glass slides (some remaining) and mahogany case; and a circa 1900 six-turn cylinder Swiss music box with rosewood case with inlaid lid.

Chinese antiquesIncluded in the sale are four framed Chinese Forbidden Stitch silk panels, the largest measuring 13 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches.

The 75 ceramic and glass lots will include a 20th century art pottery vase by Fulper; a 20th century fine art glass vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta; an 18th century Frankenthal figure of a radish vendor wearing mob cap; and a circa 1920 Libbey cut glass center bowl with matching pair of candlesticks.

And finally, the auction will present a diverse variety of useful and collectible items, such as a circa 1920 Bath, Maine, green painted shipbuilder’s chest; a Nantucket swing handle Basket signed on bottom “Dorothy B. Clarke, 1984;” a custom made pair of fancy parade chaps by Verlaine Desgranges, Cody, Wyoming; a deep terracotta fan shell over-door architectural element in old white paint; a group of three Battersea enamel on copper miniature boxes; a nest of five 19th century banded pantry boxes in natural finish; two circa 1900 sand art bottles; and a late 19th century tan leather Louis Vuitton gent’s toiletry case.

In addition to live bidding, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the Internet via www.artfact.com, www.invaluable.com and www.auctionzip.com. Visit Thomaston Place Auction Galleries for more details.

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