THOMASTON, Maine – The exceptional inventory of fine art and decorative rarities at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ winter 2020 auction on Feb. 28, 29 and 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, historical and Asian artifacts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“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,” said Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.
Buoys (above), 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).
A large group of fine marine paintings will be offered, including pieces by Samuel Walters (UK, 1811-1882), Rudolph Andersson (19th-20th century, Denmark), Antonio Jacobsen (NY/NJ/Denmark, 1850-1921), SFM Badger (MA, 1873-1919); and William Pierce Stubbs (ME/MA, 1842-1909).
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); an oil on canvas painting depicting a woman and owl by Gertrude Abercrombie (IL/WI/ Germany, 1909-1977); and Screaming a 1954 work by Yuan Yuey Chinn (NY/China, 1922- ).
Among an excellent group of sculpture will be: a 50-inch-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; an alabaster nude female torso by Robert Laurent (ME/NY, 1890-1970); and Paul Troubetzskoy’s (CA/NY/Russia, 1866-1938) bronze bust of his son, Peter.
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 eight volumes and including 500 hand-colored plates and Quadrupeds of America, in three volumes and 150 hand-colored plates, both in original bindings. Additionally, two mid-19th century globes will be presented – Newton’s new and improved terrestrial floor globe and a tabletop Gilman Joslin terrestrial globe with cast-iron stand.
More than 40 lots of Civil War memorabilia will be offered, led by an 1864 Lincoln and Johnson “Free” presidential campaign flag, a Confederate 1863 railroad map, and an 1862 leather-bound album of autographs from Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin, the Cabinet, and 208 signatures from members of Congress.
Also, of historic interest will be an oval tin tobacco box that belonged to Joseph Meacham, who founded the Shaker community at Mount Lebanon (New York). 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, a 17th-century Spanish vargueno traveler’s desk on stand, Eldred Wheeler Dunlap tiger-maple highboy, a pair of American Federal wing chairs, a Pilgrim Century blanker chest, a Connecticut Chippendale mahogany lowboy, and a Harry Bertoia-designed asymmetric chaise by Knoll.
The Asian collection will include a Chinese Ming Dynasty cast bronze depicting Guanyin with baby Buddha; a 19th-century celadon jade relief carved figural oval bowl, 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 gilt bronze and seashell table lamp by Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York. And, as always, the sale will offer good selections of estate jewelry, folk art and marine items, fine timepieces, porcelain and glass, and Oriental carpets.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day. For details contact Thomaston Place at 207-354-8141.