THOMASTON, Maine – On Aug. 29-30, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present a spectacular inventory of important paintings and sculptures, including works by N.C. Wyeth (Pa./Maine/Mass, 1882-1945) and James William “Bo” Bartlett (Maine/Ga., 1955- ). Titled Summer’s Bounty II, the sale will also offer outstanding selections of Chinese antiquities, estate jewelry and marine and folk art items. Out of an abundance of caution in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sale will be conducted as a live virtual sale, with telephone, absentee and internet bidding. View the auction and bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“We’re always on a quest to find the best-of-the-best for our August sale, and I’m confident that this year’s auction includes finest collection of art we have ever seen in our gallery. The catalog is a veritable who’s who of important artists,” said Kaja Veilleux, Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer.
Leading the painting selection will be a mural-size oil painting titled Tarmen, 1987 by James William “Bo” Bartlett, featuring Pennsylvania road construction workers (above); First Farmer of the Land, a charcoal depicting George Washington overseeing plantation laborers by N.C. Wyeth (below), the composition work for his last unfinished painting; and Listen Lord, an oil on canvas work by Aaron Douglas (N.Y./Kan., 1899-1979), a New Negro Art Movement/Harlem Renaissance-era illustration for James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 book, God’s Trombones, Seven Negro Sermons in Verse.
The 190+ painting catalog includes works by Alfred Thompson Bricher, Frederic Edwin Church, Ivan Aivazovsky, Severin Roesen, Adrien Dauzats, Marguerite Zorach, William Trost Richards, Mauritz Frederik De Haas, Albert Bierstadt, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Charles Woodbury and many others.
A cast and patinated bronze maquette titled Armless Seated Figure by Henry Spencer Moore (UK, 1898-1986) will lead the sculpture category. There will also be 3-D works by Bruno Zack (Austria/Germany/U.S./Ukraine, 1891-1945), Kevin Robb (Colo., 1955- ), Dmitri Chiparus (Romania/France, 1886-1947), Antonin Mercie (France, 1845-1916), Roland Paris (Austria/Germany, 1894-1945) and Cabot Lyford (N.Y./Maine, 1925- ).
Among the large group of Chinese antiquities will be a 15th century Sino-Tibetan carved and painted figure of Guanyin of “1000 Arms” that has been exhibited at the Palace Museum of Shanghai and the Imperial Museum, Xian, and a Ming Dynasty three-part sancai glazed earthenware garden pagoda stupa that was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum’s Chinese Garden Court in the mid-1990s. The Asian collection will also include early bronze objects, fine porcelain, terra-cotta figural roof tiles, temple figures, carved jade and Japanese okimonos.
The estate jewelry collection will include a women’s platinum ring set with a 2.95-carat center diamond; a handmade Art Deco diamond and emerald platinum link bracelet; an antique diamond set Maltese cross-form platinum brooch/pendant; and an E. Howard & Co., Boston 18K gold Series 1 key-wind pocket watch.
Featured in the marine and folk art categories will be a circa 1900 cased fully rigged 8-foot-long ship model of the Royal Mail packet ship Aragon; 27 fine ship paintings by Samuel Walters (UK, 1811-1882), Claes Claesz Wou (Netherlands, 1592-1665), Antonio Jacobsen (N.Y./N.J./Denmark, 1850-1921), Brian Coole (Mass./UK, 1939- ), and others; and a variety of unusual weathervanes.
The estate silver group will include a monumental sterling silver centerpiece presented to Augustine Roche, mayor of the city of Cork (Ireland) in 1894, a pair of French Art Deco silver wine coolers by Maison Cardeilhac, and a set of four George III Period armorial engraved Scottish silver trays by George Fenwick, Edinburgh,
Other items of interest to be sold include two early 20th Century carved carousel figures, three KPM plaques, art glass by Galle and Tiffany Studios, a selection of antique, mid-century and custom designer furniture, 35 Oriental carpets, plus 10 fine automobiles and two recreational vehicles.
The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day. For details or to schedule a preview time, contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.
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