Art is the Heart of Thomaston Place Auction’s Three-Day Summer Sale -- August 25, 26 & 27

Oil on canvas painting by Maine artist Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), one of over 1500 items to be sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on August 25, 26 & 27

THOMASTON, ME:   Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Summer Auction on August 25, 26 & 27 will present an extensive and diverse selection of fine art, ranging from Old Master works to creations by important 20th Century artists. The three day sale will also offer large collections of folk art, marine items, antiquities, early furniture, and 20th Century decorative arts.  On Friday, the focus will be on Maine contemporary art.  The Saturday auction will feature early art, folk art, ephemera and fine antiques; and on Sunday, the sale will present 20th Century decorative arts and adornments.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “With an inventory of over 625 paintings, watercolors, graphic arts and sculptures, this auction will be a paradise for anyone who appreciates or collects artwork. More works are now on display in our gallery than can be viewed in most museums.”

A centerpiece of the sale will be an oil on canvas work by Marsden Hartley (ME, 1877-1943) titled “Landscape”, depicting the sun breaking through the clouds over a Maine harbor.  Additional highlights will include: a gouache on paper work by Alexander Calder (NY/France, 1898-1976) and an intaglio on handmade paper /mixed media composition by Kenneth Noland (NY/ME, 1924-2010). All three of these pieces will be sold on Sunday, August 27.

The large collection of Maine contemporary art on Friday will feature 47 works to be sold to benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, including pieces by:  Pat Andreotti,  John Muench (ME/MA, 1914-1993), Eric Aho (VT, 1966- ), Connie Hayes, Margaret Gerding, Glenn Renell (ME/AZ, 1947- ), and Holly E. G. Ready, J.T.R. Higgins (ME, 1943- ), and Eric Hopkins (ME/CT, 1951- ).

On Saturday, the auction will present three oil paintings by James Taylor Harwood (UT/CA, 1860-1940), including a depiction of Pont Neuf viewed from the Louvre that was executed while he was living in Paris.  A pair of 1830 portraits of Peter and Mary Copeland Atherton of Hallowell, Maine by William Matthew Prior (MA/ME, 1806-1873) will be offered, plus lovely works by Thomas Hill (CA/MA, 1829-1908) and Charles Warren Eaton (NY/NJ, 1857-1937).

There will also be an outstanding selection of marine paintings by Percy Sanborn (ME, 1849-1929), William Stubbs (ME/MA, 1842-1909), Elisha Taylor Baker (NY/CT, 1827-1890), Antonio Jacobsen (NY/NJ, 1850-1921), James Gale Tyler (CT/NY, 1855-1931), Frank Vining Smith (MA, 1879-1970), and others.

The Saturday sale will offer a comprehensive, professionally presented collection of English Royal Navy autographs, portraits, and documents relating to the period and esteemed career of Lord Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, along with a rare 36-star Civil War era American flag, purportedly carried by troops under the command of General Cyrus Hamlin of Bangor, son of Lincoln’s first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin.  There will also be an interesting group of Civil War letters addressed to Dianna Sawyer of Monson, ME and most from two Maine soldiers vying for her attention.

Highlights of the folk art and marine collection will include: a 20th c. sternboard with eagle by Rockland, ME carver Harold B. Simmons; a “stargazer” form black carousel horse by Charles Carmel; and a hat form trade sign from a Seneca Falls, NY firefighter supply businesses, Rumsey & Co. Fire Engine Supply Co.

The antique furniture group will be led by an unusual mid-19th Century Chippendale block front secretary built in the John Brown Shipyard of Warren, RI.  All parts of this piece are marked so that it could be knocked down and easily reassembled after transport by ship.

Other items of interest include: a circa 1830 Chinese ship captain’s desk in exotic hardwoods; a three piece American coin silver tea service by Joel Sayre (Southampton, NY, 1798-1801); plus fine decoys, Maine redware, Russian icons, early firearms, and oriental carpets.

The Sunday auction will present eight works by legendary Maine artist Waldo Peirce (NY/ME/MA, 1884-1907), including a monumental oil painting depicting two women (Peirce’s second wife, Amy Troutman, and Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson) in a French Riviera apartment. Peirce and Hemingway were close friends who met while driving an ambulance in France during World War I.

Artwork by members of Maine’s renowned Zorach dynasty will be featured, including: a 1961 oil on canvas painting by Marguerite Zorach (NY/ME/CA, 1887-1968) titled “Glacier”; three great pencil drawings by William Zorach (NY/CA/ME, 1887-1966); and “To the High Ground”, a 1985 acrylic on canvas work by daughter Dahlov Ipcar (ME, 1917-2017), depicting wild animals in flight.

Sunday will also offer works by Charles-Edouard Le Corbusier (Switzerland/France, 1887-1965), Stephen Etnier (PA/ME, 1903-1984), Howard Chandler Christy (NY/OH, 1872-1952), William Thon (ME/NY/Italy, 1906-2000), and Jay Hall Connaway (ME/AZ/IN, 1893-1970).

There will be four early 20th Century bronze floor lamps with art glass shades by Tiffany Studios, led by an Aladdin form lamp with acorn design leaded glass shade.  A vintage Vistosi Murano blown art glass bird by Alessandro Pianon will be offered, along with a circa 1905 Tiffany Studios tall Favrile glass floriform vase, and a rare “New Hampshire” footed etched glass bowl by Steuben from their “United States in Crystal Series”.  The Sunday sale will also offer: early 20th Century American art pottery; fine porcelain from Meissen and other European makers, and a variety of silver, including a Faberge egg-form enameled perfume flask, and a rare silver and gold 1903 Ford Motel A Commemorative 1/8-scale vehicle.

The large collection of designer furniture will include pieces by Danish maker Brouer Mobelfabrik, De Sede Design Team, L. & J.G. Stickley, Josef Hoffmann (Vienna), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Niels O. Moller, Arne Vodder, Eero Saarinen, Edgar Bartolucci, Paul McCobb, Carl Hansen, Charles & Ray Eames, and Thomas Moser.

Finally, the auction will present over 60 lots of estate jewelry and watches, featuring: a diamond solitaire ring set with an approximate 2.85ct brilliant cut stone, and a ladies 18K gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST each day.  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 Thomaston Live, Invaluable, or Live Auctioneers). The buyer’s premium is 17% for live, telephone, and absentee bidders and 20% for online bidders.  Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

The gallery will be open for previews Monday, August 21st through Thursday, August 24th (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day) and from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning before the auction begins.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations, and providing house call appraisal services.  Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.

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