Dominance in 19th-century shipbuilding helped establish Thomaston’s reputation as The Town that Went to Sea, and local auction company Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will extend this maritime tradition with the collection of fine marine paintings in its Summer Feature Sale.

The gallery on Route 1 will be open for previews Monday through Friday, Aug. 22 through 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 9 to 11 a.m. sale days — Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Aug. 27 through 29.

The sale also includes an exceptional selection of ship models and other marine items, paintings, folk art, jewelry, art pottery, Chinese and Japanese antiques, estate silver and decorative items. Items in this auction were gathered from collectors and families throughout the Northeast.

The marine art category includes work by Alfred Thompson Bricher, James Edward Buttersworth, William Trost Richards, William Bradford, Francis Augustus Silva, Robert Salmon, SFM Badger, Charles Sidney Raleigh, James Gardner Babbidge, Harrison Bird Brown, Jack Lorimer Gray, Percy Sanborn, Antonio Jacobsen, William Pierce Stubbs and many others.

There also will be more than 500 pieces of non-marine art, led by “Sunrise” by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902, N.Y./Calif./Mass.), plus works by Kurt Schwitters, Kenneth Noland, Edward Willis Redfield, Aldro Hibbard, Neil Welliver, Carl Kauba, Carroll Thayer Berry and others. The sale also presents a large group of paintings from the former MBNA Corporate collection plus local estates by contemporary Maine artists such as Don Stone, Imero Gobbato, Scott Moore, Ted Tihansky, Frank Handlen, Jerri Finch, James Wolford, Jill Hoy and Ronal Parlin.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on sale days. A complete, full color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed online at For more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall, call 354-8141.

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