Rare items abound in Thomaston Place Auction’s June 1-3 sale

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‘The Picnic,’ monumental oil on canvas painting by Louis Jambor (New York/Hungary, 1884-1955). Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – The exciting collection of rarities in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ spring auction on June 1–3 are sure to tantalize and will lead bidders on an inspiring journey across continents and centuries. The auction will present fine art, estate jewelry, French furniture and accessories, Americana, Asian antiques, important ephemera, marine items, silver, antiquities, art pottery, high-end electronics and carpets. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We’re kicking off the season with a sale of incredible diversity that has the goods to tempt all manner of collectors and decorators,” said Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

On Friday, the sale will feature carefully curated selections of specialized collector’s items, including rare books and documents, ethnographic artifacts, and a collection of custom-made pool cues. Highlights from the ephemera group will be: a rare, first edition of Gulliver’s Travels from 1726 (est. $10,000-$15,000), two Napoleon signed military orders (est. $6,000-$8,000 and $4,000-$6,000), plus 21 lots of early maps, including pieces by Abraham Ortelius, Nicholas Sanson and Willem Blaeu. From the ethnographic group will be a rare pre-contact Hawaiian Kou Umeke calabash poi bowl (est. $3,000-$4,000), a circa 1910-1915 Navajo chief’s wearing blanket (est. $2,000-$3,000), and a Benin bronze standing leopard sculpture (est. $2,000-$3,000).

On Saturday, the auction will feature outstanding artwork, including works by Louis Jambor, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Scott Leighton, Giovanni Bonomi, Theodore Wendell, Jonas Lie and Charles Warren Eaton; plus, marine art with paintings by William Pierce Stubbs, Antonio Jacobsen, Augustus Buhler and William Edward Norton.

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The schooner Marcus A. Davis by William Pierce Stubbs (Massachusetts/Maine, 1842-1909). Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

There will be a large selection of French furniture and accessories, led by a monumental pair of bronze 12-arm figural candelabra form electrified torchieres (est. $7,000-$9,000), an ornate and massive Louis XVI-style marble-top console table and mirror (est. $5,000-$10,000); an 18th-century serpentine slant front desk (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a three-piece fire gilt bronze and marble mantel clock garniture set (est. $2,000-$3,000).

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Pair of French gilded and patinated bronze 12-arm figural candelabra, wired as floor lamps. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

The Saturday sale will also include 17th-century oak and walnut furniture, such as an English carved walnut court cupboard (est. $2,000-$3,000), English plank elm trestle table ($1,000-$2,000), Continental carved walnut cassone (est. $1,000-$2,000) and a small, heavily carved walnut six-plank blanket chest (est. $1,000-$1,500).

As always, there will be an extensive Americana group, including an 1824 New Hampshire double-sided tavern sign with Masonic insignia (est. $2,500-$3,500); a circa 1920 double-seater carousel horse by R.C. Williams Amusement Co., Denver, Col. (est. $2,000-$3,000); a pair of Federal period gilded and black lacquered bull’s-eye mirrors with pagoda form finials (est. $2,000-$3,000); a carved architectural spread-wing eagle with original gold paint (est. $2,000-$3,000), and a detailed model of the New York steam yacht Coquette, circa 1910 (est. $2,500-$3,400).

The 195-lot Asian collection will feature two 2nd–4th century Gandhara Buddhist carved stone sculptural fragments, and a 17th–18th century Tibetan gilded terracotta Buddhist altar figure depicting the Dalai Lama (est. $1,500-$1,800). There will also be extensive selections of Asian bronzes, porcelain, textiles and paintings.

On Sunday, the focus will be 20th-century decorative arts and estate jewelry, featuring a round ideal cut 6.24 carat diamond with a four-prong platinum setting and full GIA certified documents (est. $50,000-$70,000), and an Art Deco platinum 10 percent iridium, diamond and emerald link bracelet (est. $25,000-$30,000). From the collection of fine watches will be a Van Cleef Cadenas gold and diamond ladies watch ($8,000-$12,000), an Asprey of London cased gold, enamel and lapis pocket watch with chatelaine (est. $7,500-$8,500), and an 18K gold and diamond ladies Rolex watch (est. $4,000-$5,000).

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Art Deco platinum 10 percent iridium, diamond and emerald link bracelet. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Sunday’s artwork will be led by a Harriet Frishmuth (New York/Connecticut, 1880-1980) bronze spread-wing eagle sculpture (est. $8,000-$12,000), a marble bust of a young gypsy girl by Adolfo Cipriani (Italy, active 1880-1930) (est. $3,500-$4,500) and The Queen’s Mounted Drummer, an oil on canvas painting by John Berry (British, 1920-2009) (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Other highlights include a late 19th-century broadside depicting San Francisco’s Sutro Baths (est. $10,000-$20,000); an Oscar Bach Art Deco relief-decorated silvered bronze table lamp with marble pedestal (est. $3,000-$5,000); a pair of Red Rose Revelation Reference R-1 speakers in maple veneer cases by Mark Levinson (est. $10,000-$15,000); a Grueby art pottery scroll and leaf design vase in matte green glaze (est. $4,000-$5,000), two large sets of Reed & Barton Francis I pattern sterling flatware and a large collection of Japanese items.

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Grueby art pottery scroll and leaf design vase in matte green glaze. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Finally, a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide classic motorcycle (est. $6,000-$8,000), Winnebago motorhome (est. $25,000-$35,000), and 1970s Lapstrake Rowboat by Cecil Burnham of South Bristol, Maine (est. $3,000-$5,000) will be offered.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time each day.
For more information contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.