Arts, fine and decorative, on the block

Jan 27, 2014
A circa 1830 unsigned American primitive portrait of three blonde siblings is among the artworks in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ winter auction.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ winter auction Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, will focus on decorative arts, featuring important collections of art glass and pottery plus a large selection of paintings, sculpture, folk art and antique furniture.

The gallery on Route 1 will be open for previews Monday through Friday, Feb. 3 through 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 9 to 11 a.m. on the sale days, when the auction will begin at 11 a.m.

The art glass category will sparkle with pieces by Loetz, Tiffany, Moser, Steuben, Orrefors, Baccarat and many other important makers. The auction will also offer a wide selection of late 19th- and early 20th-century light fixtures with art glass shades.

The porcelain/art pottery group will offer fine pieces by Meissen, Brother Thomas, Rookwood, Dutch Delft, Marblehead, Nippon, Zsolnay and other important makers. The ceramics offerings also include a large collection of early shaving mugs.

Featured among the 177 lots of paintings are a 1917 pastel on paper by Louis Kronberg; a period copy of an oil on canvas still life painting of pewter jug and peaches from the School of Jean Baptiste-Simeon Chardin; an oil painting depicting dark woods with distant farm by John Appleton Brown; “Sunset on the River,” an oil on canvas work by Edward Loyal Field; and a circa 1830 unsigned American primitive portrait of three blonde siblings. The sale will also include works by Uriah Dyer, Charles Warren Eaton, Waldo Peirce, William Fisher and Parker Gamage.

The auction will offer two painted plaster studies by Frank Lloyd Wright depicting the Muse of Music; a bronze sculpture by Mabel Viola Conkling; a marble sculpture depicting a child playing with a cat by Emile Andre Bousseau; plus works by Edith Baretto Stevens Parsons, Max Weber and Jules Moigniez.

Featured folk art will include a circa 1790 two-sided painted wooden tavern sign, a Charles W. Dare dapple grey painted carousel horse, a circa 1800 ship’s figurehead in form of standing woman, a 19th-century double-sided copper weathervane in the form of a gryphon and a 19th-century Maine carved eagle sternboard by Harold B. Simmons. A collection of 37 handpainted Russian lacquer boxes will be sold.

Finely crafted continental and American country pieces will dominate the furniture offerings, and there will be an excellent selection of early Maine furniture. The 107-lot Oriental category will include a large variety of Chinese export porcelain, bronze objects, jade carvings, cloisonné, woodblock prints, furniture and silver. The auction also includes estate jewelry, antiquities, important hooked rugs with Maine provenance, a circa 1910 Louis Vuitton steamer trunk and original Hermes Birkin Togo leather handbag plus a variety of early tapestries and samplers.

A complete, full color catalog with detailed descriptions and photographs is available, and all lots can be viewed online at thomastonauction.com. For more information, call 354-8141.

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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