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Paint-decorated dowry chest could close up $20K

A hand-decorated dowry chest dating to the 18th century, hailing from Pennsylvania, is expected to lead the variety of furniture lots in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries' Nov. 17-19 auction.

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Fall Auction, Nov. 17-19, will present art, antiques and decorative items, including a dowry chest. These items come from estates and collections from throughout Maine and Northern New England.

The three-day, 1,490-lot sale will feature large groupings of important paintings, fine watches and clocks, rare Americana, Russian masterworks, early weaponry, fine antique and designer furniture, Asian items, and African and Oceanic artifacts.

18th Century Portrait Eyeing Top Lot Status

Stuart portrait

Oil on canvas portrait painting by Gilbert Charles Stuart, courtesy late 18th/early 19th century.

A centerpiece of the sale will be a portrait of a handsome young gentleman by Gilbert Charles Stuart (MA/RI/UK, 1754-1828), it carries an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 into the sale.

The Friday auction will feature more than 500 items from two large Wiscasset, Maine consignments of fine antiques and decorative pieces, which will be sold without reserve.

On Saturday, the sale will include fine Americana, such as an 18th century Pennsylvania paint decorated dowry chest ($10,000-$20,000); an Abraham Lincoln signed Civil War era letter ($15,000-$20,000); two circa 1880 Rooster form weathervanes, both from Rochester Iron Works (NH) ($7,000-$9,000, $9,000-$12,000); and a 19th century Brooklyn, N.Y. (Hook & Ladder Co. #5) firefighting log book ($8,000-$12,000).

Dowry Chest Headlines Furniture

There will also be a group of ship paintings and marine items on offer, including two paintings by Percy Sanborn (ME, 1849-1929); scrimshaw; ship models; and nautical instruments.

The Saturday sale will also offer several rare clocks. An English weight driven, time only

Dowry chest

18th-century Pennsylvania paint decorated dowry chest. (All photos courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

astronomical regulator ($5,000-$7,000) leads the way.

On Sunday, the auction will feature rare wristwatches and small clocks, including an A. Lange & Sohne Model 101.022 gent’s 18K gold watch ($18,000-$22,000) and a Lacloche Freres French desk clock with diamond set jade case and diamond set hands ($18,000-$20,000).

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet via Thomaston Live, Invaluable, and Live Auctioneers.

Finally, the auction will begin at 11 a.m. EST each day. A complete catalog is available, and all lots can be viewed at

For more information, call 207-354-8141.