THOMASTON, Maine – The Splendor sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, a three-day event taking place from Friday, August 26, through Sunday, August 28, will present important artwork, American folk art and colonial furnishings, modernist design, antiquities and decorative pieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Many works in the sale come from the estate of esteemed American art collector and Nashville dealer Gary R. Haynes (1945-2021), devoted follower of Andrew Wyeth and frequent visitor to Maine, who ultimately opened Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. This group includes two mixed media works by Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946- ): Study for Lighthouse, the study for the oil painting image on the dust jacket of the book Wondrous Strange: The Wyeth Tradition; and Kyle and the Influence, depicting a pumpkin head figure standing in front of the Olson House. The works are estimated at $100,000-$150,000 and $100,000-$125,000, respectively.
Additionally, there are two watercolor paintings by Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009): The Pantry, estimated at $100,000-$125,000; and Granary and Mill, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; as well as N.C. Wyeth’s (American, 1882-1945) charcoal on paper study for his work Lincoln Delivering his Second Inaugural Address, estimated at $25,000-$30,000. The Haynes consignment also includes a variety of Wyeth prints, photos and ephemera.
Fine art from the New York estate of artist, world traveler and collector Syril Harriet Frank (1929-2021) will also be featured in this auction. Leading the collection are two important wooden sculptural works by Louise Nevelson (American and Russian, 1899-1988) – Open Zag, estimated at $350,000-$450,000; and Tower II, 70s, estimated at $150,000-$200,000.
Art Nouveau masterworks purchased during Frank’s European travels will include a pair of bronze figures of dancers by Agathon Leonard (French, 1841-1923), together estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
A standout among the ancient and medieval art from the Frank collection is a 15th-century Florentine relief stucco depicting the Madonna and Child. It carries an estimate of $100,000-$150,000.
The sale will offer an extensive inventory of Maine art, including several works by Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017), highlighted by Embarkation, a 1971 oil on canvas estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ summer auctions always feature Americana, and this sale will be no exception. From the collection of early American furniture, there will be a circa-1790 two-part Connecticut River Valley Chippendale cherry secretary, estimated at $40,000-$45,000.
Among the selection of folk art will be a circa-1860 prancing horse weathervane by Jewell, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a highly detailed marine diorama by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau (French and American, b. 1962-) titled Pumpkin Island, 1894 and estimated at $7,500-$10,000.
The three-day sale will also feature home furnishings by Charles and Ray Eames, Jens Risom, Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen and Mies Van Der Rohe. This last takes the form of a pair of leather Barcelona chairs the venerated designer created for Knoll, which is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Rounding out the sale will be a large collection of estate jewelry and watches, led by a ladies’ Edwardian period platinum, Burmese ruby and diamond ring, estimated at $6,000-$8,000, and also an E. Howard 18K gold pocket watch.
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