California painting featured in Thomaston Place sale April 7-8

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California oil on canvas painting by Jules Mersfelder (California, 1865-1937) titled ‘The Berkeley Hills.’ Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – On Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will conduct a special sale of over 750 lots of great estate finds from families across northern New England. With its mix of fine art, furnishings, decorative items, and collectible objects, the auction will undoubtedly offer “just the thing” to inspire any collector or home decorator. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “We’re looking forward to a fun, fast-paced day with fabulous buying opportunities to kick off the 2018 spring/summer season.”

Among the fine art offerings will be a beautiful painting by California artist Jules Mersfelder (1865-1937), The Berkeley Hills (above); a rare offset lithograph poster for a 1964 Andy Warhol (1928-1987) exhibition at Leo Castelli, New York; a 1927 oil on board work by W. Francis Snow (American, 19th-20th century) depicting a sled dog team resting on a Meredith, New Hampshire, hillside; and Le Coq, a beautiful bronze sculpture by Alfred Barye (French, 1839-1882) depicting a rooster (below).


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Bronze rooster sculpture by Alfred Barye (France,1839-1882). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Leading furniture pieces will include: a circa 1950s Paul McCobb designed credenza by Calvin Furniture of Grand Rapids, Michigan (below); a diminutive Victorian flame-mahogany desk with S-tambour front lid; and a unique circa 1910 English mechanical liquor stand in Honduras mahogany veneer and boxwood stringing.

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Mid-century credenza designed by Paul McCobb. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Featured among the collection of Asian treasures will be: a fine quality Japanese Satsuma floor vase with extensive figural decoration (below); an early 19th century Chinese bronze fang gu form square vase; several lots of antique and vintage snuff bottles; and a 19th century Chinese repousse silver keepsake box.

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Fine quality Japanese Satsuma floor vase. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

The sale will present a wonderful fine of decorative objects, such as a 19th century French cobalt blue porcelain mantel clock with silvered bronze mounts and eight-day time and strike movement; a cased English sterling silver and tortoiseshell dresser vanity set (below) by Mappin & Webb, London; a circa 1925 iridescent lavender rose vase attributed to Victor Durand; a 19th century mother-of-pearl and abalone veneered bowfront tea caddy; a group of Moorcroft art pottery vessels; and a near pair of electrified 19th century oil lamps with Corinthian column bases and cut glass fonts.

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Cased sterling and tortoiseshell vanity set by Mappin & Webb, London. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

There will also be excellent selections of Native American artifacts, oriental carpets, fine clocks, rare books and documents, marine items, estate silver, militaria and toys.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Call Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141 for more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall.