THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Fall Auction on Nov. 8, 9, 10 and 11, will present wide ranging collections of ancient and modern rarities, jewelry, fine automobiles, designer purses and furs. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
On Thursday the auction focus will be on important artifacts from early Native American and Oceanic civilizations, including pieces from pre-Columbian, Taino, Eskimo and Polynesian peoples. Highlighted will be large and important collections of early Indonesian kris or knife handles and archaic Native American pieces from the Midwestern states.
On Friday a dazzling array of estate jewelry, fur coats and designer purses will be presented, making this day an outstanding opportunity for early holiday gift shopping.
Saturday and Sunday will offer an incredible inventory of fine art, antiques and decorative items. Featured artwork will include: three Paris scenes by Jean Dufy (1888-1964); an English pastoral landscape by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788); a painting depicting a woman in mourning by Jose Clemente (J.C.) Orozco (Mexico, 1883-1949), and Spruce Timber, a watercolor depicting woodcutters by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).
Additionally, there will be works by Diego Rivera (1886-1957); David Teniers, the younger (Flanders, 1610-1690); William Howard Yorke (UK, 1847-1921); Thomas Doughty (1793-1856); Francois Auguste-Rene Rodin (1840-1917); Doris Emrick Lee (1905-1983); Ernest Fiene (1894-1965); Roberto Ferri (1978-); Marie Laurecin (1883-1956); Albert Fuller Graves (1859-1936); and many others.
Two important Americana items will lead the folk art offerings: a pre-1850 American carved and gilded tobacco trade figure depicting a standing Turkish boy in Ottoman attire (below) and a Colonial-era sampler with alphabet, numbers and depicting Adam and Eve flanking a serpent wrapped apple tree.
There will also be many examples of fine furniture, such as a pair of Irish George II period figured walnut chairs; a rare, diminutive Philadelphia Chippendale period walnut four-drawer chest; and a two-piece Knoll Power Play laminated bent maple chair and ottoman set designed by Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry and dated 09/01/92.
Featured among the large collection of Asian antiques are several important pieces: a 17th century blanc de chine porcelain Guanyin figure with the mark of 17th-century potter He Chaozong (a piece with this same mark sold for $760,000 at Thomaston Place’s August 2018 auction), two rare Zhou dynasty bronze dings or food vessels, a magnificent Japanese Meiji period bronze sculpture of a man fishing on a carved hardwood base, and an unusual Northern Tang Dynasty three-part pottery stupa or spirit jar, circa1010.
The 47-lot estate silver collection will feature two sets of Georg Jensen flatware, a Georg Jensen centerpiece bowl, William Spratling mint julep set, and George II period English salver by silversmith William Peaston.
Jewelry to be presented on Sunday will be led by a women’s antique platinum ring set with a 2.8 carat natural Kashmir royal blue sapphire that is flanked by two baguette diamonds and a handmade platinum-iridium sweater clip set with approximately 6.00 carats of diamonds.
Seven fine automobiles will also be offered on Sunday including: a 1990 Lotus Turbo Esprit SE, a 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, and 1986 Jaguar XJ6 sedan. Additionally, two 1950s era Seeburg jukeboxes will be sold.
There will a nice selection of handcrafted violins and bows, including a Stradivarius Model made by Marcello Villa in 2002 of Cremona, Italy, a bow by Victor Francois Fetique (1872-1933) of Paris, and a violin made in 1920 by Romedio Muncher of Cremona, Italy.
Every Thomaston Place auction presents a variety of important decorative objects, and this sale will be no exception, with glass by Lalique and Baccarat, KPM and Meissen porcelain, a selection of fine timepieces, scrimshaw, and many beautiful Oriental carpets.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day.
For details contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.