Excellent Discoveries at Thomaston Place Winter Auction - Feb. 28-Mar 1

Portrait of schooner "William Johnson" by Maine artist William Pierce Stubbs (1842-1909), one of many excellent discoveries to be sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Feb. 28, 29 & Mar. 1

THOMASTON, ME:  The exceptional inventory of fine art and decorative rarities at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ winter 2020 auction on February 28, 29 & March 1 will be a perfect diversion from the Maine winter chill.  The sale will offer masterworks by Andrew Wyeth, George Inness, and Maurice De Vlaminck, an important Roman marble statue, items by Faberge, Cartier, John James Audubon, and Georg Jensen, plus many outstanding marine, historic artifacts and Asian antiques.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “I’m very excited about the many great local discoveries in this sale. We’re honored that Maine families have asked us to present these rare and historic pieces to the marketplace.”

“Buoys”, a gouache and ink painting by Andrew Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009) will be featured, along with two colorful Impressionistic works by Maurice De Vlaminck (NY/France, 1876-1958), and a beautiful luminist landscape painting by George Inness (NY/MA/Scotland, 1825-1894).  There will also be works by John George Brown (NY/CA, 1831-1913), Raoul Dufy (France, 1877-1953), and Horace Wolcott Robbins (NY/CT, 1842-1904).

Additionally, a selection of works by contemporary artists will be presented, such as: “Cook House, Home Hills” by Grahame Sydney (New Zealand, 1948- ), “Tega-Or”, an acrylic on Masonite painting by Victor Vasarely (France/Hungary, 1906-1997); and an oil on canvas painting depicting a woman and owl by Gertrude Abercrombie (IL/WI/ Germany, 1909-1977).

A large group of fine marine paintings will be offered, including pieces by Samuel Walters (UK, 1811-1882), Antonio Jacobsen (NY/NJ/Denmark, 1850-1921), SFM Badger (MA, 1873-1919); and William Pierce Stubbs (ME/MA, 1842-1909).  There will also be a variety of ship models, dioramas and carved eagles.

Featured among the sculpture group will be: a 50” high Roman marble standing portrait of Asclepius, god of medicine and health; a mid-19th Century large carved wooden eagle from New York City’s Tavern on the Green restaurant; and an alabaster nude female torso by Robert Laurent (ME/NY, 1890-1970).

Two important pieces by Russian jeweler and silversmith Faberge will be offered: a circa 1890 silver mounted cut crystal centerpiece bowl marked with an imperial warrant; and a miniature carved bowenite elephant with rose cut diamond eyes, in its original box from Wartski of London. There will also be a hardstone desk clock by Cartier, Paris with four square cut rubies in gold mounts and gold hands fitted with rose cut diamonds.

The sale will present John James Audubon’s Octavo edition of “Birds of America”, in 8 volumes and including 500 hand colored plates and “Quadrupeds of America”, in 3 volumes and 150 hand colored plates, both in original bindings.  Additionally, two mid-19th c. globes will be presented -- Newton’s New and Improved terrestrial floor globe, and a tabletop Gilman Joslin terrestrial globe with cast iron stand.

An important 40+-lot collection of Civil War memorabilia will be offered, including: an 1864 Lincoln and Johnson “Free” presidential campaign flag, and an 1862 leather bound album of autographs from Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin, the Cabinet, and 208 signatures from members of Congress. The collection includes Maine-related items, such as a Civil War presentation sword presented to Captain Edwin W. Wedgwood (Cornish, ME, 1820-1890) of Company E, 9th Maine Volunteer infantry regiment, and a framed silk guidon, or military standard, for Company A, 9th Maine Volunteer Infantry.

Also, of historic interest will be an oval tin tobacco box that belonged to Joseph Meacham, who founded the Shaker community at Mount Lebanon (NY).  He converted to the Faith in 1780 and gave the box to the Shakers’ founding leader Mother Ann Lee, as tobacco chewing was not allowed in the Society. The box was later presented to American Spiritualist Dr. James V. Mansfield by the Shakers.

Featured among the 200+ furniture lots will be: an Italian Renaissance period walnut chest, Eldred Wheeler Dunlap tiger maple highboy, a pair of American Federal wing chairs, a Pilgrim Century blanker chest, a 19th Century Maine square chair table in original paint, a Harry Bertoia-designed asymmetric chaise by Knoll, and two sets of Windsor chairs by J. Brown of Lincolnville, ME.

The Asian collection will include: a Chinese Ming Dynasty cast bronze depicting Guanyin with baby Buddha; a pair of Chinese red lacquered wedding cabinets, an early 19th Century Chinese two-part camphorwood campaign chest; and a monumental Japanese Meiji Period bronze figural covered urn.

Other items of interest will be: a Georg Jensen Blossom pattern sterling silver tray, a pair of English fine 20-gauge shotguns by Rowland & Watson of Birmingham, and a 2009 Buick Lacrosse four-door sedan. And, as always, the sale will offer good selections of estate jewelry, folk art & marine items, fine timepieces, porcelain and glass, and Oriental carpets.

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, www.thomastonauction.com.

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet.  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, February 24th through Thursday, February 27th (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 international auction 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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