Decorative and Native Arts featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

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Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day winter auction on Feb. 6, 7 and 8 will feature over 1,500 lots of fine art, antiques and ethnographic artifacts.

The sale on Friday, Feb. 6, will focus on Native American and Tribal Arts. The Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8, auction will offer outstanding collections of paintings and sculpture, fine furniture, jewelry, watches and decorative antiques.

“Our first sale of 2015 is shaping up to be a barn burner and should cure any lingering cases of cabin fever. The items in this sale have been carefully selected from important collections and family homes throughout Maine and the Northeast, ” said owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

Native American and ethnographics

The extensive group of Native American and ethnographic treasures to be sold on Friday will feature the lifelong collection of Nancy Prince, Maine Native American specialist, artist and published author. Highlighted items will include: a rare circa 1900 carved and polychrome painted Northwest mask, probably of Tlingit origin; a beaded cloth vest with provenance to Quanah Parker (ca. 1850-1911), the last chief of the Comanches; a large group of 19th Century Maine Penobscot carved birch root figural war clubs which have been exhibited at the Portland (ME) Historical Society; and a selection of carved walking sticks which were displayed at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum 2003 exhibition “Stick to the Trail.”

There will be extensive collections of basketry (including the largest group of Maine Native American baskets ever offered in a single sale), pottery, beadwork and embroidery, jewelry, textiles, and early western photography featuring Native American subjects.

The sale will also offer many fine examples of pre-Columbian artifacts and over 70 lots of African and Oceanic items.

Fine art

An oil on canvas painting by Willard Leroy Metcalf (NY/MA, 1858-1925), “Grazing Sheep on the Coast of Maine, 1877,” will lead the fine art offerings.

A circa 1835 unsigned folk art full length portrait of a young blonde girl holding a floral wreath from the estate of Clara Sortwell Marean (Wiscasset), and “Hill Top, Colebrook Pines” an oil on canvas painting by Charles Warren Eaton (NY/NJ, 1857-1937) will also be featured.

The sale will also present works by William Crosby, John McCoy, Roy Martell Mason, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Waldo Peirce, Frank L. Spradling and Andy Warhol.

Antique and custom furnishings

Featured among the 200+ lots of antique and custom furniture will be a William & Mary period two-part chest that was originally commissioned by the family of Captain Horatio Patten (1818-81) of Brunswick, a late 18th to early 19th century Maine bow-front dresser; a two-part pumpkin pine Maine country corner cupboard, and a Maine country pine podium desk with exaggerated grain painted decoration.

Estate jewels and watches

The 100-plus lot collection of estate jewelry and watches will include an 18K white gold, sapphire diamond and briolette diamond necklace, an 18K gold parrot brooch set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines, and diamonds; and an Italian 14K gold mesh necklace with three pendants containing micro mosaic scenes of Roman ruins surrounded by seed pearls.


Early firearms will include an important early 18th century Pennsylvania decorated powder horn that was described in Stephen Grancsay’s book “American Engraved Powder Horns” and a Civil War era Gustav Young engraved 1851 Navy Colt revolver.

Decorative arts

The fine selection of decorative arts will include: an 80-piece sterling flatware set by Georg Jensen in the Parallel pattern; a Tiffany Favrile Glass and bronze counterbalance desk lamp; a 17th century Flemish wool tapestry depicting knights approaching a king; and a gilt carved softwood eagle by John Upton of Bremen.

There will also be outstanding selections of antiquities, rare documents, and early toys, including model trains, bisque head dolls, and stuffed animals.

Auction details

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. all three auction days.

A complete, full color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ website,

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, phone, and Internet (,, and

The buyer’s premium is 15 percent for live, absentee and phone bids and 18 percent for online bids. Call 207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

The gallery will be open for previews Monday, Feb. 2 through Thursday, Feb. 5 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located at 51 Atlantic Highway/Route 1 in Thomaston.

Event Dates: 
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:00am
Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:00am
Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:00am
Event Location: 
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, 51 Atlantic Highway/Route 1, Thomaston
51 Atlantic Highway
Thomaston  Maine  04861
Contact Name: 
Carol Achterhof, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Contact Phone: 
(207) 354-8141