Maine estate treasures fill Thomaston Place auction Nov. 17-19

Circa 1880 cast-iron weather vane from the Rochester Iron Works in New Hampshire. Estimate: $9,000-$12,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Fall Auction on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 will present a veritable feast of outstanding art, antiques and decorative items harvested from estates and collections from throughout Maine and northern New England. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 1,490-lot sale will feature large groupings of important paintings, fine watches and clocks, rare Americana, Russian masterworks, fine antique and designer furniture, Asian items, and African and Oceanic artifacts.

“This is one of the best and most diverse selections of important art, antiques and 20th-century design we have offered in years. Everyone will find something to love in this sale,” said Kaja Veilleux, Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer.

A centerpiece of the sale will be a portrait of a handsome young gentleman by Gilbert Charles Stuart (Mass./R.I./UK, 1754-1828) (est. $80,000-$120,000).

Oil on canvas portrait of a handsome gentleman by Gilbert Charles Stuart (1754-1828). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Other important art will include: a pastoral scene with farm girl, cows and sheep by Julien Dupre (France, 1851-1910) (est. $30,000-$40,000); two paintings by Louis Jambor (N.Y./Hungary, 1884-1955), including a monumental 1920 oil on burlap work titled The Picnic (below; est. $20,000-$30,000); and two abstract expressionist works by Willem De Kooning (N.Y./Netherlands, 1904-1997).

Louis Jambor’s monumental 1920 oil on burlap work titled ‘The Picnic.’ Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

The Friday auction will feature over 500 items from two large Wiscasset, Maine, consignments – the collection of Richard French, esteemed antique dealer and collector; and the Estate of Richard Thompson. This incredibly diverse group of fine antiques and decorative pieces will be sold unreserved.

On Saturday, the sale will include fine Americana, such as an 18th-century Pennsylvania paint decorated dowry chest (est. $10,000-$20,000); an Abraham Lincoln signed Civil War era letter (est. $15,000-$20,000); two circa 1880 rooster form weather vanes, both from the Rochester Iron Works (N.H.) (est. $7,000-$9,000 and $9,000-$12,000); and a Maine Chippendale grain-painted hardwood tallboy (est. $6,000-$9,000).

There will be an outstanding group of ship paintings and marine items, including two paintings by Percy Sanborn (Maine, 1849-1929); works by John Hughes (below; UK, 1806-1880), Lars Thorsen (Conn., 1877-1952), William Pierce Stubbs (Mass/Maine, 1842-1909), and James Gale Tyler (Conn., 1855-1931); plus, scrimshaw, ship models and nautical instruments.

Portrait of the clipper ship Kendrick Fish, oil on canvas, by John Hughes (UK, 1806-1880). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

On Sunday, the auction will present rare wristwatches and small clocks, including an A. Lange & Sohne Model 101.022 18K gold watch (below; est. $18,000-$22,000); a Lacloche Freres French desk clock with diamond set jade case and diamond set hands (est. $18,000-$20,000); a Patek Philippe 5054 automatic wristwatch with 18K rose gold case (est. $16,000-$18,000); and three watches by Franck Muller, Geneva.

A. Lange & Sohne 18K gold wristwatch. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

A great collection of mid-20th-century Scandinavian designer furniture will be offered on Sunday, as well, an array of modern art.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time each day.

For more information call Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.