THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries has assembled a large and incredibly diverse catalog of important art and rarities for its last major sale of 2020 on Nov. 12-15 at 11 a.m. Eastern each day. Timed just ahead of the Holiday season, the four-day auction will be the perfect venue for a gathering of one-of-kind gifts, unusual decorative treasures or new acquisitions for collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Each day will have a particular emphasis. Thursday, Nov. 12 will be a collector’s auction, offering decoys, model trains, portrait miniatures, rifles, fishing items iron banks and Asian antiques. On Friday, Nov. 13, the emphasis will be on tribal arts, including a diverse array of African and Eskimo artifacts. The auction Saturday, Nov. 14, will feature early paintings and fine antiques, including a rare 18th century Quebec country painted diamond point cupboard (below). And on Sunday, Nov. 15, the focus will be on 19th and 20th century decorative arts and estate jewelry.
“We’re hoping this sale will be enjoyable for all and offer buyers some fun at the end of an otherwise challenging year,” said Kaja Veilleux, Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer.
The painting selection will feature a 1943 work by Fernando Cueto Amersolo (Philippines, 1892-1972) titled Woman with Banga; a New England forest scene by Albert Bierstadt (NY/CA/MA/KS, Germany, 1830-1902); Alfred Thompson Bricher’s (NY/NH, 1837-1908) Noon at Point Judith (Rhode Island); Beach at Cliffside, Nantucket by Frank Swift Chase (MA, 1886-1958); and Kanha Sunset (below), depicting a tiger and four deer, by Dahlov Ipcar (ME/VT, 1917-2017).
There will also be works by Joseph Goodhue Chandler (MA/NY, 1813-1884), Francois Gilot (NY/CA/France, 1921-), Gustave Courbet (France/Switzerland, 1819-1877), Karel Christiaan Appel (NY/France/Italy/Switzerland, 1921-2006), and Brian Coole (UK, 1939-). A rare etching by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (MA/UK/France, 1834-1903) titled The Little Lagoon will also be included in the sale.
Many important 19th century pieces in the African collection come with historic provenance, most recently from the Walker Foundation. These include: a carved standing male ancestral shrine from the Ibo/Igbo Peoples, Nigeria; a Songye people carved and ornamented bishimba fertility figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire); and two Baule bronze ancestral bronze figures depicting a king and queen from the Ivory Coast.
A 100-lot single-owner collection of Eskimo artifacts will be led by a Northern Quebec Inuit sculpture of walrus tusks with intricate figural scrimshaw decoration mounted in a green soapstone base centered by a carved walrus, and an ancient Yup’ik shaman’s pottery bowl. Also among the Native American items will be a rare circa 1900 polychrome painted and carved Northwest mask, probably Tlingit, that descended in a mid-coast Maine family.
Other auction highlights will include a 1947 Ford Woody Model 79A Super Deluxe station wagon; a circa 1920 Old Town Canoe store display, a 4-foot-long model of a full-size canoe; a Faberge silver and guilloche enamel frame by workmaster Johan Victor Aarne; a Roman second–third Century A.D. stone sculpture depicting the head of a patrician lady wearing the crown of Athena; an early 20th century carved carousel horse by D.C. Muller Brothers, Philadelphia; a circa 1870 Minton majolica four-tier revolving oyster server; and several lots of lighting and glass by Tiffany Studios.
The sale will also offer interesting selections of estate jewelry and watches, early Scandinavian furniture, Russian icons, fine oriental carpets, custom and modern design furniture, art pottery, and folk art and marine items.
For details contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.
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