Maine art and more, up for bid

Aug 18, 2014
“Ruapehu,” a 1994 oil on linen painting by contemporary Maine artist Marguerite Robichaux, is part of this weekend’s auction at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

Thomaston — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ summer auction of fine art and antiques Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, will feature a vast selection of fine art, including many pieces by contemporary Maine artists. The sale also will include a diverse array of marine items, rare documents, folk art, estate jewelry, Native American pieces, silver, antique furniture and carpets.

Headlining the auction will be “The Bronco Buster,” an important bronze sculpture by Frederic S. Remington; signed and stamped by Roman bronze works; and there will be six oil on canvas paintings by renowned Virginia artist William Garl Browne, Jr.

The auction will include a variety of pieces from the Northeast Harbor estate of author and philanthropist Brooke Astor, such as two English paintings featuring images of dogs; and a large cast iron garden statue depicting a stag.

Highlighted among the collection of Maine paintings will be works by William Zorach, Marguerite Robichaux, Jay Hall Connaway, Andrew George Winter, Marguerite Zorach, Carroll Thayer Berry, John W. McCoy, William B. Hoyt, Tom Hall, Stephen Etnier, Charles Morris Young, Howard Clifford, Jr., Hank Tyler, Daniel F. Wentworth, Judd Hartmann, Roger Prince, Marlene Loznicka and many others.

Eagles continue to be a popular and important American design motif, and this sale will include eight sculptural depictions of this bird including a gilded spread wing eagle wooden plaque by contemporary Maine carver Gregory Luke Rollins; and a late 19th-century, 75-inch wide verdigris copper architectural spread wing eagle purportedly removed from a New York City building during demolition.

Continuing a summer auction tradition, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will offer a good selection of marine paintings and nautical items such as a monumental oil on canvas work by Dutch artist Adolf Johannes Petrus Levolge titled “Rescue at Sea”; a model of the 25-foot-long LOA Catamaran Amaryllis that was built by renowned boat designer Nathaniel Green Herreshoff in 1875; a copper verdigris sloop boat form weathervane on museum mount; a 19th-century sailor’s valentine in octagonal mahogany case; plus many more ship paintings, boat models, navigational instruments and nautical charts.

Also being auctioned are Native American  items, folk art, estate jewelry, antique furniture,  mid-century and contemporary handcrafted furnishings and a variety of fine decorative items.

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.comThe gallery is be open daily for previews through Friday, Aug. 22, 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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