Fine Art Drives Strong Results at  Thomaston Place Winter Auction

"Sunset in Crimea" by Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), sold for $132,000 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries' Winter Auction on March 1-3

THOMASTON, ME: A diverse and enticing selection of artwork attracted frenzied bidding from a worldwide audience at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Winter sale on March 1, 2 & 3.

Thomaston Place Auctioneer and President Kaja Veilleux said:  “I am delighted with the results from our first major auction of 2019.  The major artwork was stellar, and objects across virtually all categories performed well.”

“Sunset in Crimea”, a luminist oil on canvas harbor scene painting by 19th Century Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), brought $132,000 after a battle between telephone and internet bidders.

The sale produced a new auction record for a work by Dahlov Ipcar (ME/VT, 1917-2017).  Determined bidders pushed her charming painting of two cats, titled “Encounter”, to a final sales price of $21,060.

A graphite drawing by renowned New England artist Winslow Homer (MA/ME, 1836-1910), “Portrait of John Murray Brown” (of Boston publishers Little, Brown & Little), also fetched $21,060; and a lovely oil on canvas painting by Le Pho (France/Vietnam, 1907-2001) captivated multiple players and ultimately sold for $18,720.  And, strong interest in Waldo Peirce’s famous work, “Nude in the Hay”, pushed its selling price to $16,380.

Several Chinese items also generated fierce bidding competition, including: two early blue and white porcelain bowls, one with interior unglazed stacking band and the other with Phoenix bird decoration, that rocketed to a final selling price of $23,400; a Ming Dynasty gilded bronze figure of seated Shakyamuni Buddha that achieved $21,060; and a red lacquered carved seat Guanyin figure on lotus platform above a multi-tiered stand that brought $12,870.

The auction presented a variety of hotly contested small items of value, including: a Patek Philippe gent’s wristwatch with 18K gold head and original black band that realized $18,000; a rare Gold Rush era compact push dagger by Michael Price of San Francisco that raised $13,200; a four-piece Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte silver tea set that raised $12,870; and a Tiffany & Company platinum ladies ring set with a 1.25 carat Columbian emerald flanked by round brilliant cut diamonds that brought $9,000.

Two Tiffany Studios lamps generated strong prices, including a table lamp with Acorn pattern leaded shade and bronze “Four Virtues” base that sold for $17,550, and a bronze Scarab desk lamp with iridescent green and purple luster Favrile glass shade that fetched $15,210.

Stand-outs from the antique furniture collection were a Sheraton mahogany sideboard attributed to the shop of John & Thomas Seymour that brought $14,040 and a pair of boldly carved Queen Anne mahogany lyre back armchairs that reached $11,115.  Several examples of contemporary hand crafted furniture that also attracted spirited bidding included: an Eldred Wheeler tiger maple Chippendale style secretary that sold for $8,775; a tiger maple highboy by Eldred Wheeler that reached $7,605; and a set of eight D.R. Dimes Windsor chairs that brought $5,100.

Other high flying lots included: a late 19th Century palace size West Anatolian Ushak carpet that sold for $21,060; a 1930s era Temperance themed hooked rug that raised $8,400; a 5th Century Nolan Italian amphora form vase that brought $8,190; and an English William III lantern clock by Holloway of Stroud that reached $7,020.

A complete list of auction results can be found at  The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries fine art and antique feature auction will take place on June 1 & 2, 2019.

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, providing house call appraisal services, and creating new selling strategies to serve the changing needs of consignors and buyers.  Their 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 buyer’s premium.

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