THOMASTON, Maine – As the spring flowers bloom and snowbirds return to Maine, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present many exciting new discoveries at their spring three-day feature auction on May 31-June 2. With its refreshing inventory of fine watches and jewelry, Asian rarities, paintings, modern sculpture, antique and modern furniture, antiquities and decorative treasures from around the world, this sale offers items of interest for everyone. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
On Friday, May 31, over 445 lots of estate jewelry and fine watches will be presented. Leading the watch collection will be a Patek Philippe platinum tank form wristwatch (above) and a 1960s stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master chronometer watch. Pocket watches will include an 18K gold Tiffany & Co. pendant watch and 14K gold Le Phare chronograph pocket watch made for the Russian market.
Featured among the extensive jewelry inventory will be a women’s 14K gold ring set with a 1.8 carat natural fancy intense yellow diamond; a strand of graduated natural saltwater pearls with platinum, 18K gold and diamond clasp; and two handmade 18K gold mesh purses with gem-set frames.
Saturday and Sunday will include diverse collections of antique and modern objects. The 244-lot contingent of Asian items will be led by a monumental Chinese porcelain baluster temple vase with Jianqing mark, a magnificent Burmese late Toungoo Period (1347-1593) sandcast bronze Buddha head, an 18th century Portuguese colonial India Christian ivory triptych from Goa, and a diverse collection of Japanese wooden and ivory netsukes. There will also be a large collection of antiquities, including artifacts from Taino, Pre-Columbian, Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures.
A large group of modern artwork and furniture will be presented. This includes paintings by Hans Hartung (France/Germany, 1904-1989), Peter McIntyre (New Zealand, 1910-1995), and Lester Wilton Raymer (Kansas/Oklahoma, 1907-1991); and 11 sculptural creations by Richard Artschwager (New Yorki/New Mexico, 1923-2013). Modernist furnishings will include: a pair of Art Deco demilune two-tier side tables by industrial designer and Radio City Music Hall architect Donald Desky (1894-1989), leather and walnut “lobster” chair and ottoman set by Norwegian designer Fjords-Hjellegjerde, and multiple lots of Barcelona and Corbusier-style leather and chrome chairs. There will also be examples of custom handcrafted furniture by Thomas Moser and Eldred Wheeler.
Among the more traditional furniture offerings will be: a 1774 dated Pennsylvania Dutch pine hope chest with carved decoration; an 18th century Dutch walnut kas, and an English Regency period sarcophagus form cellaret in figured mahogany.
Featured fine paintings will be led by a pair of 17th century life-sized waist length portraits by Sir Peter Lely (England/Netherlands/Germany, 1618-1680) depicting Robert Nelson II Esq. and his wife, Mary Temple. Additionally, there will be artwork by Thomas Alexander Harrison (Calidfoernia/New Yorkk/Pennsylvania/France, 1853-1930), Louis Jambor (New York/Hungary, 1884-1955), William Partridge Burpee (Maine/Massachusetts, 1846-1940), Jean Carolus (Belgium, 1814-1897), Edward Borein (California, 1872-1945), Mabel May Woodward (Rhode Island, 1877-1954), Zedekiah Belknap (Massachusetts/New Hampshire/Connecticut, 1781-1858) and Edward George Armfield (UK, 1817-1896).
The sale will also present a diversity of rare and notable items such as a walnut cased Steinway concert grand piano; a rare circa 1800 Plains Indian pipe tomahawk; photographer Neil Leifer’s (American, 1942- ) limited edition image, “The Phantom Punch,” from the 1965 Muhammed Ali-Sonny Liston fight in Lewiston, Maine; a copper weathervane in the form of the three-mast ship Clipperways from Prouts Neck, Maine; a signed, handcrafted Stradivarius model violin by Marcello Villa, Cremona, Italy; and several lots of English cameo glass.
And as always, the auction will include large collections of Oriental carpets, porcelain, silver, early weapons, lighting and fine timepieces.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day. For details contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.