Art and artifacts at Thomaston Place
Thomaston — The upcoming sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will serve up a bountiful harvest of important fine art and decorative antiques including works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Henri Matisse and Roy Lichtenstein. Also featured will be outstanding collections of hooked rugs, antique furniture, estate jewelry, silver, Chinese jade carvings, rare documents, firearms and antiquities.
The auction’s items will be available for preview viewing beginning Monday, Nov. 4, at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Route 1. Preview hours are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, Nov. 4 through 8; and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, followed by the auction each weekend day.
“The American Dream,” a rare limited edition art folio by Robert Indiana with poetry by Robert Creeley and text by Susan Ryan, will be presented. It is inscribed by the artist and is numbered 189/395. This 100-page portfolio was published in 1997, and it contains six signed, original serigraphs. Also up for bid are original works by Marguerite Zorach, Jay Hall Connaway, Harrison Bird Brown, John Carlton Wiggins, William Sidney Mount, Samuel Finley Morse Badger, Al Hirschfeld and Thomas Sully. Among the rare documents are Christmas cards and letters sent by Andrew Wyeth.
Sculpture in the sale will include a 13th-century Romanesque bas relief tablet of the Madonna and Child, three 19th-century gilt bronze studies of birds by Jules Moigniez and a French 19th-century bronze figure of a wounded lioness on base. From the private collection of the late John Maki, who was a personal friend of Brother Thomas Bezanson (Vermont, 1929-2007), will be 39 lots of outstanding pottery by this artist.
Pieces from the Pribyl Collection of important 19th- and early 20th-century Maine hooked rugs will be sold. This widely celebrated group, some of which were exhibited in a 1999 show at the American Textile History Museum, includes a pictorial piece decorated with scenes of Maine by Ivy of Houlton; and several late 19th/early 20th-century Waldoboro rugs made by Margaret Wellman.
Fine examples of Chinese carved jade will be offered, as well as examples of early porcelain. The antiquities group will be led by an ancient Egyptian limestone fragment with a relief profile of a young official kneeling and a Greco-Roman cast gold roundel with inset garnets and beads depicting Emperor Augustus, plus fine examples of pre-Columbian, Persian and Middle Eastern pottery.
A complete, full-color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available and all lots can be viewed online at thomastonauction.com. In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone and online; call 354-8141 for more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.