Fountain sculpture may rise to $40,000

THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is ushering in the summer auction season with a robust sale representing Maine’s rich heritage of land, sky and sea.

The sale, scheduled for June 1-2, features fine art, estate jewelry and an eclectic mix of

Circa 1913 bronze fountain sculpture by Malvina Hoffman (NY, 1887-1966) entitled ‘La Frileuse’ (est. $30,000-40,000). (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

Circa 1913 bronze fountain sculpture by Malvina Hoffman (NY, 1887-1966) entitled ‘La Frileuse’ (est. $30,000-40,000). (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

American artifacts, as well as five boats, four classic automobiles and an airplane. Bids will be accepted in person, via absentee, telephone and online, at Artfact.com, Invaluable.com and AuctionZip.com.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said, “This auction certainly has the goods to bring buyers out of hibernation, with amazing jewelry plus rare and special pieces to enhance the home, dock and driveway.”

Leading the fine art category will be a monumental oil on canvas painting, “The Valley of Mexico: View on Lake Texcoco,” by 19th century Italian artist Eugenio Landesio ($30,000-$40,000).

Featured among the large collection of fine estate jewelry is a fringe design platinum necklace set with 19 square step sapphires and 281 marquise, pear and round brilliant cut diamonds, which is expected to command between $100,000 and $125,000.

Various important American historical documents will be offered, such as a rare Massachusetts January 1775 Provincial Congress appointment of Moses Gill as Justice of the Peace of Lincoln County ($20,000-$30,000). The Council or Provisional Congress was organized in 1774 in Salem with John Hancock as president, and this document, considered treasonous at the time, was issued just before the Revolutionary War began.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days. A complete, full-color catalog is available for viewing at www.thomastonauction.com, or by calling 207-354-8141.

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