It’s Preview Week at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries!

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is decorated and ready for its preview session and Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction on August 25 & 26.

THOMASTON, ME:   Visit Thomaston Place Auction Galleries all this week for a special preview of items to be sold at its Summer Fine Art and Antiques Sale on August 25 & 26.  The gallery is all decked out for this outstanding auction, which features the most amazing collection of art ever offered at Thomaston Place.  They will be open on Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  Previewing will also be available on auction days, Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, from 9:00 to 11 a.m. each day. 

The auction will present a huge selection of Maine art, including paintings from Monhegan Island, plus fine automobiles, antique furniture, estate jewelry, oriental antiques, silver, Native American pieces, and carpets. 

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We have the makings of a perfect Maine summer auction, with many great pieces that represent our State’s brilliant artistic and nautical trade history.  While it’s easy to participate in our sale on the phone or internet, I hope everyone will take the opportunity to come to our gallery and see these amazing items firsthand.”

The George X. Schwartz Memorial Monhegan Art Collection will be the centerpiece of the fine artwork presented at the auction, featuring works by 35 different artists, including: Andrew George Winter (NY/ME- 1893-1958), William Trost Richards (PA/RI, 1833-1905), Robert Van Vorst Sewell (NY/CA, 1860-1924), Eric Hopkins (NY, 1864-1932), Frank Alfred Bicknell (CT, 1866-1943), Alice Kent Stoddard (PA, 1883-1976), and Constance Cochrane (PA, 1888-1962).  Mr. Schwartz spent many years supporting Monhegan’s lobster business, and he developed a deep appreciation for its art during his many visits to the Island. .

The auction will also feature a diverse array of artwork created by Maine artists.  An oil on canvas painting, 'The Great Blue Heron', by N.C. Wyeth (PA/ME, 1882-1945) will lead this group.  There will be two works by Andrew Newell Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009) – an India ink drawing entitled 'In the Georges Islands' and a watercolor/gouache, study for “The Insider”, painted in 1971.  Other Maine artists will include Carl Sprinchorn (ME, 1887-1971), William (Horace) Muir, (ME, 1902-1964), Lee Winslow Court (MA/ME, 1903-1992), William Thon (NY/ME, 1906-2000), and Abraham Bogdanove (NY/ME, 1886-1946).  Works by contemporary Maine artists such as Colin Page, Ronald Frontin, Eric Hopkins, Brian Kliewer, Timothy Parks, Marlene Loznicka, and Peter Rolfe will also be offered.

The marine category will include fine ship paintings by S.F.M. Badger (MA, 1873-1919), William Gay Yorke (NY, 1817-1892), and Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen, (NY/NJ, 1850-1921).  A standout in the nautical collection is a magnificent early 19th Century carved wooden ship’s eagle form figurehead, probably from a US Customs cutter, that was found in a Bath, Maine barn.  The sale will also include a variety of ship models, dioramas and other items representing Maine’s rich maritime history.

Three estate automobiles will be sold in this auction.  These include a rare, single-owner, 1956 Dodge Coronet V-8 convertible; a 1974 Triumph Spitfire soft-top convertible in emerald green with 4-speed transmission; and a 2001 Jaguar XJ8 with V-8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission.

Featured furniture will include a circa 1765-1785 Boston Chippendale Cuban mahogany block front kneehole bureau and an English figured mahogany thirty-drawer apothecary cabinet.  Of local interest will be a Maine ten-leg Colonial Windsor bench with single plank pumpkin pine seat and a 19th Century Maine step-back cupboard in dump cart blue paint with simple two-panel doors. 

In the silver category, the highlight will be a circa 1745 sterling tea pot by Boston silversmith Jacob Hurd (1703-1758), one of 17 known to exist in the small globular Queen Anne form with asymmetrical Rococo decoration that Hurd introduced to the Colonies.  Other examples of fine silver will include a Russian enameled silver tea cup and saucer made in Moscow between 1899 and 1908 by the Grachev Brothers under the Imperial warrant and a 1930s sterling silver coffee & tea service by Juvento Lopez Reyes of Mexico City.

There will be many wonderful pieces of estate jewelry, such as: an 18K white gold ring set with an 8.00 ct oval shape natural emerald surrounded by 14 round, brilliant cut diamonds; a platinum Art Deco design handmade link bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds; and an 18K white gold link Art Deco necklace set with 573 diamonds.

This spectacular auction will also offer an excellent selection of treasures from the Far East, featuring items from the Marvin Sadik collection.  Art expert Sadik served as museum director at Bowdoin College, founding director of the Art Museum at the University of Connecticut, and, from 1969 to 1981, director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.   Highlighted Asian pieces will include: a Chinese Han Dynasty wood and lacquer flask (Bian Hu) with gilt bronze base rim and mouth rim; a puddingstone top Chinese altar with 19th Century red lacquer stands as supports; a late 19th to early 20th Century Japanese cloisonne tray attributed to Namikawa Sosuke featuring a cock and hen on a celadon field; and a reticulated Chinese celadon jade offering bowl with Qianlong mark on underside (1736-1795).

Over 75 lots of outstanding Native American items will be featured, including collections of important Navajo blankets and rugs, Hopi-Tewa and Santa Clara Pueblo pottery, Apache baskets, 19th Century northern Plains/Sioux beadwork items, Inuit art and Northwest Indian carvings.

The auction will offer several lots of Imperial Russian porcelain and glass produced in St. Petersburg for palace use in the late 19th and early 20th Century.  A rare Civil War Iron Pivot Cannon made by Sparrow Foundry of Portland, Maine will also be sold.

The auction will begin at 11:00 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%.  Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall. 

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will host an evening preview and reception on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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 using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, 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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