Gilded quill weathervane may blow up to $20,000

THOMASTON, Maine – An outstanding selection of fine art and antiques has been harvested from

Weathervane

19th Century gilded tin weathervane in the form of a writing quill, plus a black painted tin “Telegram-News” trade sign ($10,000-$20,000), (All photos Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

homes throughout New England for Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ fall sale Nov. 14-15. The auction features fine paintings, important documents, books, jewelry, silver, Asian items and decorative antiques, and begins at 11 a.m. on each sale day.

Featured artwork includes a watercolor and tempera painting by Andrew Wyeth (ME/PA, 1917-2009) titled “The Mall, Thomaston (ME), 1942,” depicting a Greek Revival home located on that street (estimate $80,000-$100,000) and a Howard Pyle School oil on canvas work, titled “Custer’s Last Stand,” that is almost identical to an N.C. Wyeth illustration that was commissioned in 1932 ($35,000-$40,000).

A special item of interest is a 19th century gilded tin weathervane in the form of a writing quill, plus a black painted tin “Telegram-News” trade sign, both from the Lynn, Mass., building that housed “The Daily Item” and “Telegram-News” newspapers ($10,000-$20,000).

The auction also features four table lamps by Tiffany Studios: one, with an Acorn pattern leaded glass shade and model 531 bronze base ($10,000-$15,000), another with a geometric leaded green slag glass shade with pearly inserts and patinated model 181 bronze base ($8,000-$12,000), plus two boudoir lamps with favrile glass shades. There will also be a large group of antique music boxes, including 20 pieces from an important Massachusetts collection, featuring a circa 1898 Symphonian “Mikado” vertical 24 1/2-inch disk music box ($6,000-$8,000).

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts absentee and telephone bids and on the Internet (via www.invaluable.com, www.liveauctioneers.com and www.auctionzip.com). The buyer’s premium is 15 percent. Call 207-354-8141 or visit www.thomastonauction.com for more information.

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