Old Masters Featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

The first sale of 2012 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will include an amazing selection of important art, including a group of museum quality Old Master paintings.  The sale will also feature master works in a variety of other categories, including silver, music boxes, furniture, estate jewelry & watches, Oriental antiques, firearms, art pottery, coins, glass, early maps, carved decoys, nautical items, and fine carpets.  And, as always, there will be many items with special Maine provenance.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “This sale will provide the perfect opportunity for buyers to acquire a masterpiece or two for their personal collection.  It’s rare that we are able to offer this many objects of artistic or historic importance in one sale.”

The fine art collection will be led by ‘A View of Alvarado’ by Daniel Thomas Egerton (UK/Mexico, 1797-1842), in its original gold gesso frame with multiple collectors’ wax seals at bottom.  Old Master paintings to be offered will include: a 17th Century an oil on panel painting, still life of peaches in Chinese bowl, by Gillis Jacobsz Hulsdonck (Flemish, 1626-c.1675); a 16th Century Antwerp oil on panel work, ‘Madonna and Child’, from the Circle of the Master of the Parrot; in the 1890’s from France, insisting it was a Raphael from the collection of James II; and an oil on canvas painting, ‘St. Francis in Meditation’, in the manner of Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642).

Other important paintings include: ‘Whalemen vs. Mermaids’, a circa 1965 work by Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (MA, 1910-1982); ‘Out for a Slide’ by Grandma Moses, with original artist’s label verso including title and date of 1945; a 1916 work, Red Star Line Steam & Sail Passenger & Freight Ship ‘San Jacinto’, by Antonio Jacobsen, (NY, 1850-1921); ‘Lifting Fog’, a painting by Jane Peterson (MA/NY, 1876-1965); and ‘Umbrellas, Rockport, Mass.’, by J. Edward Fitzgerald (MA/CA, 1893-1971), dated 1924.

Works by many Maine artists will also be presented, including pieces by Percy Sanborn (1849-1929), Ronald Frontin (Contemporary), Carl Sprinchorn (1887-1971), Abraham Bogdanove (1886-1946), Carroll Thayer Berry, Leo Meissner (ME/NY, 1895-1977), Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978), Leo Brooks (1909-1993), and Maurice ‘Jake’ Day (1892-1983).

The sale will feature a pair of Faberge silver candelabra, marked Peter Carl Faberge, hallmarked with the Faberge stamp, Moscow, 1891, assayer Lev Oleks.  There will be many other outstanding examples of silver and gold craftsmanship, such as a German 800 silver charger by architect, designer, and silversmith Herbert Zeitner (1900-1988) and a circa 1905 solid 18K gold cup by Tiffany with floral reticulated handle.

A historically important 4 piece presentation set consisting of coin silver ewer and pair of goblets by Jones, Ball & Co. of Boston and a Sheffield plate tray by James Dixon & Sons will be offered in the sale.  This set was presented to W.H. Thompson of the Saco Water Power Machine Shop (of Biddeford, ME) by the shop mechanics in 1853 as a ‘Token of Esteem and Friendship’.

An outstanding group of music boxes will be offered, such as: a Patek Philippe Miniature Tortoise Shell and Gold Music Box with mechanical bird in the original fitted box; a Swiss six-song cylinder music box on matching stand by A. Riviere & Co., Geneva, dated 1878; and a circa 1895 Swiss 10 air cylinder music box by Jacot on custom stand.

A highlight of the furniture category will be a circa 1880 Italian slate top game table with micro-mosaic decoration of the landmarks of Rome in twelve panels, a marble inlaid game board, and outside border in semi-precious stone, set on an Aesthetic design red walnut base by R.J. Horner of New York City.  Furniture pieces of local interest include: a 19th Century Maine solid rampant tiger maple lamp table with turtle shaped top and a 19th Century, 72” long Maine paint decorated dining table in mustard yellow with black striping, flower and leaf decoration on skirt and legs.

The large collection of estate jewelry and timepieces will include: a square motif jewelry suite consisting of lady’s ring and matching earrings executed in platinum, 18K gold, and yellow & colorless diamonds; an 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual day and date gent’s wristwatch with bark case and band; a vintage 18K yellow gold heavy charm bracelet style link bracelet; and an 18K gold cased pocket watch marked ‘Jules Jurgensen, Copenhagen’ on the enameled face.

The group of Chinese antiques will include: a Warring States Period silver inlaid bronze Phoenix form finial with rampant tail, spread wings, and integral square mounting peg on wooden base; a Tang Dynasty standing pottery horse with remnants of polychrome paint on integral plinth; and a 19th Century white jade Buddha holding censer on custom carved wooden stand.  Many pieces of fine Chinese and Japanese porcelain will also be presented.

There will be a diverse variety of other rare and unusual items, such as: a monumental bronze garden sculpture depicting a family of bears by Dan Ostermiller, entitled “Tres Osos” and dated 2000; a signed art glass boudoir lamp with plum and crimson leaf forms over a white case glass shade by Emile Galle in the original Art Nouveau yoke form bronze stand; a vintage Louis Vuitton vertical wardrobe trunk; and one of the original Thomas Edison laboratory test lamps, made during his development of the filament.

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