Thomaston Place offers New England estate discoveries Aug. 27-29
THOMASTON, Maine – On August 27, 28, and 29, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present Splendor, Part II, continuing their summer presentation of outstanding discoveries from New England estates, with an emphasis on fine art – offering 629 lots of paintings, graphic artwork, art photography, and sculpture. The sale will commence at 11 am Eastern time each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “I am very excited about the incredible items in this sale. It’s undoubtedly the finest inventory of art and objects we’ve ever displayed in our gallery.”
Leading the sale is a painting by William Merritt Chase depicting berry pickers and a walker along a Shinnecock Hills, Long Island shore path. There will also be a life-sized portrait of a gentleman by Jacint Rigau-Ros I Serra, aka Hyacinthe Rigaud, a work by William Bradford titled The Coast of Labrador, and No. 67 Scene, Maine Coast by the 19th century painter William Hart.
There will be several important modern works, such as: Andy Warhol’s Mammy, a screenprint on black paper with diamond dust which is also a signed and numbered limited artist’s proof, number 24 of 30; a 1968 Warhol serigraph titled Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, signed and numbered 229 of 250; and an untitled abstract oil on linen by French Modernist Auguste Herbin.
Maine art is traditionally featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ August sales, and this year’s auction will include 133 examples. The Wyeth family will be represented with five works by the late Andrew Wyeth, led by a brush and ink on paper depicting the Cook family house in Martinsville, Maine. Also on offer is a drawing by his father, N.C. Wyeth, titled Have a Coke = How are things goin’?. Commissioned by D’Arcy Advertising, this image was used in Life magazine and the Saturday Evening Post in 1944, and is number 1074 in Wyeth’s catalog raisonne.
A nice selection of mid-century furniture will be presented, with pieces designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, Philip & Kevin Laverne, Milo Baughman, and Charles and Ray Eames. Additionally, there will be more than 200 lots of fine antique furniture.
The lineup will feature two fine mahogany cased clocks by David Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts – one a rare shelf clock, and the other a circa-1805 tall case clock. Additionally, the sale will include a Benjamin Willard tall case clock with brass eight-day works; and a leather cased quarter hour repeater crystal regulator that belonged to Civil War surgeon Col. Basil Norris, who later served as White House physician to Presidents Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant.
A 13th century BCE Chinese bronze ritual jue wine pitcher will lead the large collection of Asian antiques. This category will also include a pair of late Qing dynasty carved bird form jade vessels, an outstanding group of 11th-12th century South Asian carved stone figures, Japanese okimono and netsuke, fine porcelain pieces, and early furniture.
Featured from the decorative arts categories will be: a circa-1930 Georg Jensen amber-mounted sterling silver keepsake box; 10 lots of 18th century Italian majolica pottery; Steuben art glass, including four gold-mounted pieces; a 216-piece set of Tiffany & Co. Queen Anne flatware; Grueby and Brother Thomas art pottery; 60 Oriental carpets; and 35 lots of estate jewelry and watches.
Other items of interest include a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible automobile with a V8 engine; a mahogany cased Steinway Model A salon grand piano; and a 16th century German carved limewood sculpture of St. John the Baptist attributed to Tilman Riemenschneider.
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