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Wyeth, Faberge featured in Thomaston Place auction Aug. 25-26

‘Fog,’ oil on linen painting by Jamie Wyeth. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Bold, Beautiful, Rare & Wondrous Auction on Aug. 25-26, will feature collections of important, recently discovered art, antiquities and Americana. The exceptional inventory for this sale was sourced from homes from across the country, featuring pieces from the Estate of Arthur and Ruth Sokoloff, notable Coral Gables, Florida, collectors. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “This sale, without a doubt, comprises the finest collection of artwork and rarities ever displayed in our gallery. We are thrilled with the opportunity to present these items to the international marketplace.”

Three works by Andrew Wyeth will be presented in this sale. These include Andrew Wyeth’s Spruce Timber, a 1946 watercolor depicting two men using a bucksaw painted at Broad Cove Farm in Cushing, Maine.  One of the two men is Forrest Wall, who is shown cutting trees that were used to build Wyeth’s Cushing home.

Another work is Andrew Wyeth’s 1942 mixed media study of the Olson House, site of his iconic painting, Christina’s World, possibly created in preparation for his later masterpiece. Wyeth gifted this painting to Christina and her brother with the inscription: “To Christina and Alvaro, from Betsy and Andy.” Many years later, this painting was found in the house and consigned to auction by Christina’s nephew, John Olson Sr.

The third Andrew Wyeth work is an original watercolor remarque depicting the Olson House painted on the endpaper from a copy of the 1968 art folio book Andrew Wyeth. The painting is inscribed to Burton Wayne Starrett and his wife, June, of Warren, Maine. Starrett was the contractor for the renovation of the Olson House in the 1970s after it was purchased by movie director Joseph E. Levine. June Starrett served as hostess and docent for the house when it re-opened after restoration, and the book with the inscribed painting may have been presented to them to commemorate that event.

Jamie Wyeth’s oil on linen work titled Fog (above), depicting an array of purple irises set against mist-laden pine trees, will be offered in the sale. Created in 2000, this beautiful painting was included in “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan,” a 2013 traveling exhibition organized by Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum that explored Wyeth’s and Kent’s fascination with the life, landmarks and coastal landscape of this Maine island.

The Sokoloff collection includes seven works by mid-20th-century American art icon Milton Clark Avery, all originally purchased directly from the artist. The Avery paintings range in subject matter from portraits and depictions of animals to landscapes. Leading the group is a 1953 oil painting titled Owl.  Another Avery work is a muted seascape with a group of seabirds titled Eight Birds Resting. Painted in 1962, this was one of his last works and a wonderful example of his ability to simplify color palette and images to their most basic elements.

Milton Avery painting titled ‘Owl.’ Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

The sale will include an important 15th-century Italian Old Master painting by “The Master of Apollo and Daphne” depicting a man and woman standing by a well and exchanging water for jewels. Recently discovered in Maine, this work has been meticulously cleaned and restored by the Boston Museum of Fine Art, is accompanied by extensive research and provenance.

Old Master painting by ‘The Master of Apollo and Daphne,’ 15th-century Umbrian School. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

Also discovered in a Maine home are two Asian important and extremely rare 17th-century Chinese objects:  an early Qing Dynasty Imperial quality gilt bronze Kylin, mythical creature and symbol of prosperity and good omens, set with white jade, carnelian and lapis; and a delicately rendered Qing Dehua porcelain seated figure of Guanyin, Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy and compassion, with the impressed double gourd seal mark of famed early 17th-century Chinese potter He Chaozong.  Very few works by Chaozong are known to exist today.

Early Qing Dynasty gilt bronze Kylin, set with white jade, carnelian and lapis. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

An early Imperial Roman Period carved marble head depicting the goddess Diana will be another featured item from the Sokoloff collection. This sculpture, with curled Flavian style hair, laurel wreath, diadem crown and black marble pedestal, is a powerful portrait of the goddess of the hunt.

The diverse Americana selection will feature important folk art pieces such as three 19th-century carved carousel animals, including a rare camel by noted American carver Charles Looff and an important American eagle stern board from the Maine-based, early 20th-century schooner Victory Chimes, attributed to the late woodworker Harold Stanley of Rockland, Maine.

Highlighted items of historic interest will include a George Washington handwritten Revolutionary War-era letter, a Lincoln and Gideon Welles signed Civil War Naval appointment and a circa 1880 Rutherford B. Hayes porcelain eight-piece presidential fish set by Haviland Limoges.

This sale will offer six Faberge crafted treasures, a rare Tiffany & Co. Art Nouveau silver and copper vase, an important 19th-century framed Italian micro-mosaic panel depicting St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, and several pieces of Danish modern furniture by Brouer Mobelfabrik and Arne Iverson.

Faberge gold mounted guilloche enamel silver gilt rectangular compact by Andre Adler. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern both days.

For details contact Thomaston Place Auction Galleries at 207-354-8141.

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