East Meets Downeast at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ on November 5 and 6

Pair of Japanese Meiji Period bronze urns with gold and silver wirework inlay that sold for $80,500 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on November 5, 2011

THOMASTON, ME:  Asian antiques sparked strong results at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ sale on November 5 & 6, attracting bidders from around the world to participate in this Maine auction.  Additionally, several important artworks, plus a variety of rare and unusual items commanded strong auction prices.

Thomaston Place Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux noted: “The very strong demand for fine Oriental items is simply amazing.  I’m very happy that our continued discovery of quality pieces in New England homes has been able to satisfy this demand.  I’m also encouraged by the many sparks of interest we saw in other auction categories.”

A pair of Japanese Meiji Period bronze urns with gold and silver wirework inlay from the studio of Suzuki Chokichi brought the highest price at the auction, selling for $80,500.  A Chinese 19th Century yellow and green dragon bowl with Qianlong mark blew past its presale $600-$800 estimate to sell for $16,100.  A Chinese white jade covered censer with archaic relief decoration, reticulated Phoenix handles and domed top achieved $14,950, versus a presale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000; a signed Chinese painted narrative scroll telling the story of three women musicians in a dark wood sold for $11,500; a pair of Chinese two-tone cinnabar four-sided vases with Kangxi marks brought $10,925; and two 19th Century embroidered silk court robes achieved $8,050.

Bidding was intense for a group of three 18th Century Mexican paintings attributed to Miguel Cabrera (1695-1768).  They quickly surpassed their $2,000 to $3,000 presale estimate and achieved a final selling price of $37,375.  A well executed Prior-Hamblin School portrait of  19th Century sea captain, Rufus S. Fales of Thomaston, Maine (1812-1858), generated strong interest and sold for $23,000.  And, an 1861 oil on panel painting of children parading on the beach by French artist Jean Delcour also brought $23,000. 

Finely crafted Russian items continue attract strong interest, particularly those that originated in the Faberge workshop.  A Faberge 18K gold link bracelet set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires brought $17,250, a boxed cut crystal and gold perfume bottle by renowned Faberge workmaster and goldsmith Henrik Wigstrom achieved $9,775, and a pair of Faberge 18K gold basket weave pattern earclips set with rubies and diamonds sold for $5,175. 

There was aggressive competition for two lots of English stirrup cups.  One lot consisted of a single sterling silver cup in the form of a fox head made in 1771 by London silversmith Thomas Pitts.  This piece sold for $13,800 after enthusiastic bidding.  The other lot was a collection of nine English porcelain stirrup cups depicting foxes, a hound and fish heads that sold to an internet bidder for $3,450.

Several Native American pieces generated above expected results, such as a Sioux flathead beaded papoose carrier with provenance was bid to $7,187.50, well past its $2,500 to $3,500 presale estimate, and a late 18th Century French iron trade tomahawk peace pipe head on a 19th Century wooden handle that brought $5,750. 

In the furniture arena, an 18th Century Cherry Chippendale highboy with fan carved center drawer and slender cabriole legs appealed to bidders and brought $8,625.  A fine Chippendale cherry corner cupboard with provenance of Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother, and King of Naples and Spain) who took refuge in the United States in 1815, was sold for $6,325; and a diminutive Hepplewhite bow front sideboard in mahogany veneer and marquetry raised an impressive $5,750.

Other pieces that created bidding excitement included:  a grand pair of Classical form, circa 1825 bronze Argand lamps on slate plinths that sold for $8,625; two globes, ‘A New American Celestial Globe’ and ‘A New American Thirteen Inch Globe’, by J. Wilson & Sons of New York set in matching wooden stands that achieved $8,625; a cased set of 11 violin Pernambuco bows by Harry Fleisher, NY, that rocketed past an $800-$1,200 presale estimate and brought $3,450; a group of 14 Hermes silk scarves in their original boxes that reached $3,335; and an unusual circa 1910 Louis Vuitton hat and shoe suitcase that sold for $2,300.  A variety of fine pocket watches also sold for prices well above presale estimates.

A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com.  The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries sale will take place on November 5 & 6, 2011. 

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is coastal Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, and providing house call appraisal services.  Its expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.

NOTE:  All prices include the 15% buyer’s premium.

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