Art, boats and buckskin for bid

May 18, 2014
“Grande Valle,” an oil on canvas painting by Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), is among the Maine art works up for auction at Thomaston Place.

Thomaston — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Route 1 will present an array of fine art and historical treasures at its Spring Feature Auction Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Featured will be important Native American beaded buckskin artifacts, many notable paintings and sculptures and a collection of items from Brooke Astor’s Maine cottage, plus estate jewelry, early silver, rare documents, clocks, antique furniture, a Mini-Cooper and a couple of boats.

In addition to the museum-quality examples of Native American buckskin craftsmanship will be carved items, pottery, basketry, jewelry and textiles, as well as five lots of important Native American-related photogravures by Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952).

Leading the fine art category will be an oil on canvas painting by Jack Lorimer Gray depicting a trawler in heavy seas; an impressionistic work by Western painter James Taylor Harwood depicting the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City; and an oil on canvas tonalist work by Bruce Crane of Main Street, Old Lyme, Conn. Maine artwork also will be featured including two oil on canvas paintings by Stephen Etnier; a work by Marguerite Zorach; a naïve portrait of a young girl, possibly Elizabeth Weeks of Pittston, by E.E. Finch; an oil on Masonite painting depicting Black Head, Monhegan by Andrew George Winter; a painting depicting the Portland Headlight by Clement Drew; and an interesting unsigned portrait of Rufus King Sewell, Wiscasset minister and historical author. There also will paintings and sculptures among the 39 lots from the Maine cottage of the late Astor, philanthropist, socialite and writer.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days. A complete, full color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed online at thomastonauction.com.

The gallery will be open for previews Monday through Friday, May 26 through 30, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and from 9 to 11 a.m. on the sale days.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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