THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick off the 2021 summer season with a sale on July 9, 10, and 11 featuring a splendid collection of Old Master paintings, carousel figures, and decorative rarities. With its exciting inventory of New England estate finds, and the return of live, in-house bidding, this auction promises to arouse the passions of collectors, curators, dealers, and decorators alike. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We’re excited to welcome live bidders back into our gallery with this amazing sale that includes a fabulous inventory of paintings from major estate collections, plus important American historic and decorative treasures.”
A group of 15 Old Master paintings will headline the sale, many from the estates of composer Hugo Weisgall and his wife Nathalie, as well as Howard Hibbard, a former professor of art at Columbia and Oxford universities. Leading the group is a monumental 17th century Flemish work depicting a Court of the Inquisition trial, estimated at $25,000-$50,000. Also of note is a beautiful still life of fruit by Severin Roesen, dating to the 19th century and estimated at $25,000-$35,000.
An extremely rare circa 1905-10 seahorse-form carousel figure by E. Joy Morris, made for the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, will be offered with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The formidable carved beast shares the auction roster with a circa 1900 giraffe figure by Charles Looff and a circa 1900 standing lion figure in original paint. There will be a diverse selection of folk and marine art, led by seven early weathervanes, an important French Napoleonic prisoner-of-war ship model, fine carved birds, and unusual painted furniture pieces. A standout among the weathervanes is a 19th century spread-winged eagle estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
The sale will present several estate vehicles, among them a 1994 Mitsubishi 3000 GT; a Kubel T-82R Kubelwagen replica; a John Deere Model 1023 tractor; and 1924 Ford Model T touring car. This last carries an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
Among the many important decorative arts items will be a Georg Jensen silver five-light candelabrum in the Grape pattern, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Also included are four early 20th century Tiffany Studios table lamps; a Vistosi Murano blown glass bird sculpture; Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain, and silver items by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and others.
The lineup of antique furniture in the sale boasts a circa-1800 figured mahogany secretary desk attributed to John & Thomas Seymour; a circa 1930 Steinway Model M medium grand piano; and an English Regency sarcophagus form cellarette by Benjamin Banks of London. Of particular note is a a green-painted country store dry goods cabinet estimated at $7,500-$10,000.
Strong pieces from the 121-lot Asian group include a Chinese Tang dynasty terra cotta bull figure; an Indian granite relief sculpture of the goddess Jyeshtha from the late Pallava Period (275 – 897 CE); and a Ming Dynasty Zhangzhou Swatow iron red and cobalt blue dragon vase, which is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
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