Chagall featured at Thomaston Place

Jan 22, 2013
“Le Cirque Ambulant” is one of the six color lithographs by Marc Chagall going up for bid at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

Thomaston — A diverse array of fine art paintings and lithographs, plus a collection of modernist home furnishings, will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3. The auction also will include many fine examples of Russian silver, Oriental rarities, antique furniture, estate jewelry, watches, Native American items, firearms and antiquities.

The Route 1 gallery will be open for previews Monday through Friday, Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 9 to 11 a.m. on sale days, when the auctions will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

A group of six color lithographs by 20th-century European artist Marc Chagall, all signed artist’s proofs dated 1969 from a single Maine collection, will be highlighted. The diverse selection of paintings includes an oil on canvas titled “Mrs. Rosen’s Bedroom” by important British painter Sir John Lavery (estimated to bring between $125,000 and $150,000); a portrait of the Cunard steamer Gallia by 19th-century artist J. E. Buttersworth and a portrait of the four-masted schooner Clifford N. Carver by Samuel Findley Morse Badger; and a delicate watercolor study of a young girl with red parasol by Maurice Prendergast. Works by Rockland artist William Partridge Burpee, other Maine and New England painters plus a group of 36 photogravures of Native American subjects by Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) also will be offered.

Examples from the large group of mid-century modern furnishings include a 1950s Paine Co. “Long John” teak coffee table by Dunbar Furniture Co.; four Eames arm chairs by Herman Miller; a mahogany and metal sunburst wall clock by Howard Miller Co.; a two-piece 1950s wrap around sofa; and a 1963 “Viverator” massage lounge chair by Contour Chair Co. of St. Louis. The group of Russian antiques includes a bronze sculpture titled “Three Men in a Troika, 1880” by Evgeni Ivanovich Naps. A circa 1505 French “Book of Hours” printed on vellum from the workshop of Philippe Pigouchet, a rare and beautiful example of Medieval craftsmanship, will be offered, as will be a group of eight Egyptian faience Ushabti burial figures.

A complete full-color catalog with detailed descriptions and photographs is available, and all lots can be viewed 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

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