Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’  Refreshing Spring Weekend Auction on May 31, June 1 & June 2

Patek Philippe platinum wristwatch, one of many fine items to be sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on May 31, June 1 & June 2

THOMASTON, ME:  In celebration of spring’s arrival, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present many exciting new discoveries at their upcoming three-day feature auction on May 31-June 2.  With its refreshing inventory of fine watches and jewelry, Asian rarities, paintings, modern sculpture, antique and modern furniture, antiquities, and decorative treasures from around the world, this sale offers items of interest for everyone.

On Friday, May 31, over 445 lots of estate jewelry and fine watches will be presented.  Leading the watch collection will be a Patek Philippe platinum tank form wristwatch and a 1960s stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master chronometer watch.  Pocket watches will include an18K gold Tiffany & Co. pendant watch and 14K gold Le Phare chronograph pocket watch made for the Russian market.

Featured among the extensive jewelry inventory will be a ladies 14K gold ring set with a 1.8 carat natural fancy intense yellow diamond; a strand of graduated natural saltwater pearls with platinum, 18K gold and diamond clasp; and two handmade 18K gold mesh purses with gem-set frames.

Saturday and Sunday will include diverse collections of antique and modern objects.  The 244-lot contingent of Asian items will be led by a monumental Chinese porcelain baluster temple vase with Jianqing mark, a magnificent Burmese late Toungoo Period (1347-1593) sandcast bronze Buddha head, an 18th Century Portuguese Colonial India Christian ivory triptych from Goa, and an outstanding collection of Japanese wooden and ivory netsukes.  There will also be a large collection of antiquities, including artifacts from Taino, Pre-Columbian, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern cultures.

The sale will also present a diversity of rare and notable items such as: seven stained glass windows from the First Baptist Church of Rockland, Maine, one attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany; a walnut cased Steinway concert grand piano; photographer Neil Leifer’s (US, 1942- ) limited edition image, “The Phantom Punch”, from the 1965 Muhammed Ali-Sonny Liston fight in Lewiston, ME; a copper weathervane in the form of the three-mast ship “Clipperways” from Prouts Neck, Maine; and a 16-foot Waltham canoe, restored in 2005 by Northwoods Canoe Co. of Atkinson, Maine.

A large group of modern artwork and furniture will be presented.  This includes paintings by Hans Hartung (France/Germany, 1904-1989),  Peter McIntyre (New Zealand, 1910-1995), and Lester Wilton Raymer (KS/OK, 1907-1991); and eleven sculptural creations by Richard Artschwager (NY/NM, 1923-2013).   Modernist furnishings will include: a pair of Art Deco demilune two-tier side tables by industrial designer and Radio City Music Hall architect Donald Desky (1894-1989), leather and walnut “lobster” chair and ottoman set by Norwegian designer Fjords-Hjellegjerde, and multiple lots of Barcelona and Corbusier style leather and chrome chairs.  There will also be examples of custom handcrafted furniture by Thomas Moser and Eldred Wheeler.

Among the more traditional furniture offerings will be: a 1774 dated Pennsylvania Dutch  pine hope chest with carved decoration; an 18th Century Dutch walnut kas, and an English Regency period sarcophagus form cellaret in figured mahogany.

Featured fine paintings will be led by a pair of 17th Century life-sized waist length portraits by Sir Peter Lely (England/Netherlands/Germany, 1618-1680) depicting Robert Nelson II, Esq. and his wife, Mary Temple.  Additionally, there will be artwork by Thomas Alexander Harrison (CA/NY/PA/France, 1853-1930), Louis Jambor (NY/Hungary, 1884-1955), William Partridge Burpee (ME/Ma, 1846-1940), Jean Carolus (Belgium, 1814-1897), Dorothy Rice Peirce (NY/ME, 1889-1960) (wife of Waldo Peirce), Mabel May Woodward (RI, 1877-1954), Zedekiah Belknap (MA/NH/CT, 1781-1858), Edward George Armfield (UK, 1817-1896), and others.

And as always, the sale will offer large collections of outstanding Oriental carpets, porcelain & art glass, silver, early weapons, lighting and fine timepieces.

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, May 27th through Thursday, May 30th (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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