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Thomaston Place presents big three-day Winter Enchantment sale Feb. 23-25

THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries marks February with a huge three-day Winter Enchantment sale featuring nearly 1,100 lots of antiques, jewelry, and other collectible items. The event spans Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, and the catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Japan’s Muromachi era ran from approximately 1336 to 1573, marking the governance of the Muromachi shogunate. These 16th-century carved-wood garden statues represent Nios, wrathful and muscular guardians of the Buddha. Many Buddhist temples today feature a pair like these standing guard at the entrance. The two are together estimated at $9,000-$11,000.

Stultz & Co. was a New York-based builder of player pianos. This 1907 nickelodeon piano-xylophone-drum machine is in good working condition, and it appears this is a video of it in action. It comes with 13 player rolls for hours of musical entertainment from the turn of the previous century, and it carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

Looking like it should be traversing the Nile in an Agatha Christie detective novel is a Marklin Blenheim tin clockwork paddlewheel steamer toy. At 30in in length, the piece features partial restoration and repaints with a detached wheelhouse. The largest paddlewheel steamer made by the company, it is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was a Flemish Baroque genre painter who liked to depict everyday people doing everyday things. In Walled Castle with Three Travelers and a Dog, we see Teniers showing people and their trusty canine companion taking in the scenery. The 7.75 by 9.75in painting has a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

As a key member of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s, Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) would eventually relocate to Paris and change his style to abstract expressionism. Untitled No. 4 is a mixed media on Arches paper, laid to hardboard and signed and dated 1963. As is typical with contemporary market demand for works by Delaney, the piece is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.