Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware could earn $10K at auction

THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Spring 2012 Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Treasures Auction, presented June 9-10, will offer a sumptuous collection of items representing more than three centuries of outstanding design. The sale will feature a diverse selection of antique and designer furniture, fine paintings, estate jewelry, important silver, and works of Oriental art. There will also be collections of coins, carpets, icons, fine lighting and Native American pottery.

Russian silver antiques

Group of Russian items to be sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on June 9-10. Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auctions

Highlights of the furniture category will be a Queen Anne Period Massachusetts maple highboy dresser with swan neck pediment, three flame twist finials, and fan carved top center drawer (estimate $10,000-$15,000) and a New England colonial Chippendale tall chest in walnut (with chestnut secondary) with original dry finish and original brasses (estimate $8,000-$10,000). Other examples of fine furniture include: a German Biedermeier five-part secretary desk/collector’s cabinet in exotic veneers with shaped string inlaid panels (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a diminutive New York Sheraton Period huntboard in solid mahogany with inlaid and string banded decoration (estimate $3,000-$4,000); an ornately carved mahogany sink stand with white veined grey marble top supporting a later blue on white sink (estimate $3,000-$4,000). The furniture collection will also include a variety of lacquered chinoiserie and paint decorated pieces, plus custom items by MacKenzie-Childs, Heywood Wakefield, Maitland Smith of High Point, NC, and Starbay.

Many beautiful fine art paintings will be offered, such as: an oil on canvas marine painting of a coastal trawler in distress by Francois Etienne Musin (Belgian, 1820-1888), (estimate $25,000-$35,000); a watercolor of a cat watching a butterfly by Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953) (estimate $25,000-$30,000); a painting of a Racing Clipper Ship adding sail by Frank Vining Smith (MA, 1879-1967) dated 1927 (estimate $15,000-18,000); a gouache depicting three African women dancing by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (Nigeria, 1921-1994) dated 1950 (estimate $10,000-$15,000); and a watercolor and gouache work entitled ‘L’Andante’ by Jehan Georges Vibert (French, 1840-1902) (estimate $10,000-15,000). The auction will also present works by Samuel Laurence (British, 1812-1884), Stephen Etnier (PA/ME, 1903-1984), Walter Emerson Baum (PA, 1884-1956), Barbara A. Wood, (OH/CA, contemporary), Max Kuehne (NY, 1880-1968), Jonas Lie (NY, 1880-1940), and Hendrik van Balen (Flemish, circa 1575-1632).

Oil on canvas painting of a trawler in distress

Oil on canvas painting of a trawler in distress by Francois Etienne Musin (Belgian, 1820-1888), (est. $25,000-$35,000)

Georg Jensen Sterling Center Bowl

Circa 1940 Georg Jensen sterling center bowl in the grape pattern (est. $5,000-$8,000)

There will be an outstanding group of silver, such as: a 96-piece set of Georg Jensen sterling flatware in the Acanthus pattern designed by Johan Rohde (estimate $8,000-$10,000); a circa 1835 coin silver tea service made for Hyde & Goodrich of New Orleans by Christoph Kuchler (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a circa 1940 Georg Jensen sterling center bowl in the grape pattern (estimate $5,000-$8,000), plus a pair of matching compotes; a sterling repousse teapot with ebony handle by Smith & Sharp, London, 1765 (estimate $2,000-$3,000); a Tiffany silver water pitcher with overall repousse floral decoration (estimate $2,000-$3,000); and a 19th century Russian silver basket by Khlebnikov, Moscow in the form of a shallow basket with tasseled rope handles (estimate $2,000-$3,000).

The diverse group of fine oriental antiques will feature: an 18th – 19th century Chinese Buddhist Ruyi sceptre of zitan wood and jade with inset semi-precious stones (estimate $6,000-8,000); a rare antique translucent carved white jade snuff bottle depicting a woman looking into a hand mirror under cherry blossom trees (estimate $6,000-$8,000); an 18th Century Chinese porcelain deep plate decorated with green dragon (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a 19th Century Chinese partners desk with three inset scholar’s stone panels in top (estimate $3,000-$5,000); and a Ming Dynasty Transitional Period Chinese Wucai Baluster Shaped Porcelain Jar painted with Phoenix bird (estimate $2,500-$3,000). Another interesting addition to the oriental offerings will be 6 lots of early Annamese porcelain from the ‘Ca Mau’ (circa 1735) and ‘Hoi An’ (15th-16th century) shipwrecks.

A selection of fine estate jewelry will be presented, including: a three piece suite 22-karat yellow gold, rose cut diamond and emerald necklace and a pair of matching earrings (estimate $15,000-18,000); an Edwardian Period platinum and diamond ring with engraved leaf and scroll design, set with a round old European cut 2.33 ct diamond and four round single cut diamonds (estimate $8,000-12,000); a handmade 18-karat gold necklace and bracelet, each with Celtic woven knots set with diamonds (estimate $6,500-7,500); and a five piece Zuni sterling suite set with turquoise, mother-of-pearl, and black onyx in the Rain Man motif (estimate $2,000-3,000). Additionally, a group of fine wrist and pocket watches will be offered.

Hepplewhite period mahogany tall case clock

Hepplewhite Period mahogany tall case clock with painted face marked 'F. Wingate, Augusta, No.136' (est. $10,000-15,000)

The sale will also include 41 lots of rare coins, featuring: a St. Gaudens 1908 $20 gold coin ($2,800-3,500); a complete set of Indian Head Cents, 1857-1909 including 1864L (estimate $2,600-3,000); and an Indian Head $10 gold coin, 1914 (estimate $2,000-2,400).

There will be a diverse variety of other rare and unusual items, such as: a Hepplewhite Period mahogany tall case clock with painted face marked ‘F. (Frederick Wingate, Augusta, No.136’, (dating to 1817) with eight-day brass movement (estimate $10,000-15,000); a 19th c Carved Ivory Chess Set housed in a fitted box with inlaid board top (estimate $3,000-5,000); an outstanding group of designer lamps and early lighting; a group of early Russian icons; and a variety of early tin litho toys.

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 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ website.

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet (via, and 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 gallery will be open for previews June 4-8 (from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. each day) and from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday before the sale.

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