Modern Art adds zest to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ spring sale

joan mirroTHOMASTON, Maine – Works by Joan Miro and Emilio Grau Sala, plus an outstanding collection of traditional paintings, jewelry, fine antiques, folk art, silver, and coins, will combine to create an exciting catalog for Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ sale on May 31-June 1, 2008. Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “I continue to be impressed by the range and importance of pieces we discover in Maine homes. Both the Miro aquatint, Escalade vers la Lune (est. $20,000-$30,000), and Sala’s oil painting, Night at the Circus (est. $20,000-$30,000), are recent finds from local families.”

Joan Miro aquatint, Escalade vers la Lune (est. $20,000-30,000)

Other art featured in the sale includes: an oil painting by Alexander Pope entitled Pointer with Pheasant (est. $25,000-$30,000); Forest Scene by Danish painter Christian Zacho (est. $15,000-$20,000); an oil on panel floral still life by Dutch artist Henriette G. Knip (est. $15,000-$20,000); a watercolor and ink work called Market Place, Mexico by Alexandre Iacovleff (Yakovlev) (est. $14,000-$18,000); two original works by Arthur Rackham, including Arthur’s Death Wound (est. $13,000-$15,000), an original watercolor and ink book illustration from The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table published in 1917.

Jewelry will include an 18K white gold mesh chain necklace bezel set with 227 diamonds weighing approximately 39.0 cts. (est. $34,000-$44,000); a woman’s platinum ring set with a 14.11 ct., octagon shaped, natural yellow sapphire and two triangle cut diamonds (est. $25,000-$35,000); and a platinum Art Deco bracelet set with 328 diamonds weighing approximately 15.0 cts. (est. $16,000-$20,000).

18th century american queen anne chestFurniture will include an American mahogany Queen Anne period chest on chest (shown left, est. $10,000-$20,000) and an 18th century English two-part walnut secretary (est. $10,000-$15,000). The sale will also offer two banjo clocks by 19th century Boston maker Aaron Willard.

Many pieces of silver will be offered, with estimates ranging from $3,000 to $7,000.

A grouping of Oriental art and antiques will include: a pair of Chinese bronze altar urns (est. $5,000-$6,000); an ornately carved wooden Chinese opium bed (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a variety of Japanese okimono carvings and woodblock prints.

Also on offer will be pottery and china lots, folk art and coins.

More than 500 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, 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 percent with payment by credit card and 10 percent with payment by cash or check. Call 207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.