Maine art at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
The largest selection of artwork created by Maine artists ever presented at a single venue will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ summer sale Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30, encompassing 189 works by 101 artists. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale 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, www.thomastonauction.com.
The auction will include pieces by notables Andrew Wyeth (PA/Maine, 1917-2009), William Arber Brown Kirkpatrick (Massachusetts/Maine/UK, 1880-?), Imero Gobbato (Maine, 1923-2010), Neil Welliver (Maine, 1929-2005), William Thon (Maine/New York, 1906-2000), Joseph Fiore (New York/Ohio/Maine, 1925-2008), Carl Sprinchorn (Sweden/Maine/New York, 1887-1971), and many Maine artists’ works from the MBNA collection.
“Maine is an inspiring place, with probably the highest concentration of artistic talent, past and present,” said Kaja Veilleux, Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer. “We therefore are pleased to support the vitality and growth of the art community by helping to build exposure and auction sales track records for our local artists.”
Featured in this Maine art collection: an evocative watercolor and ink on paper painting by Andrew Wyeth depicting an atmospheric Maine landscape entitled “Island Cabin with Swallows”; “Marsh Shadow,” a large oil on linen painting by Neil Welliver capturing the continual renewal of Maine’s wooded terrains; Imero Gobbato’s peaceful oil on canvas painting depicting a harbor side home; and William Thon’s oil on Masonite, “Deep Winter,” a large abstract winter woodland view.
Artwork from the 79 lots in the MBNA art collection will include paintings by contemporary Maine artists Todd Reifers (Illinois/Maine, 1948- ), R. Kirk Moore (New Jersey/Maine, 1951- ), Sally Caldwell Fisher (Maine, 1951- ), Stapleton Kearns (Massachusetts/Maine/Minnesota, 1952- ), Joy Hill (Contemporary Stonington), Barry Norling (Contemporary Norridgewock), William Hoyt (Maine, 1945- ), Aldona Sabalis (Contemporary Blue Hill), William Baldwin (Contemporary Baldwin, Maine), William R. Beebe (Contemporary Maine), Ronal Parlin (Contemporary Maine), Scott Moore (Washington, D.C./Maine, 1953- ), and Brian Kliewer (Contemporary Rockland).
Rounding out the Maine artist works will be pieces by Karl Schrag (New York/Maine, 1912-1995), Theodore “Ted” Tihansky (Maine/New Jersey, contemporary), Alan Bray (Maine, 1946- ), Stephen Pace (New York/Maine/MI/Mexico, 1918-2010), Waldo Peirce (New York/Maine/Massachusetts, 1884-1970), Harvey Peterson (Contemporary Maine), Michael Karas (Maine/South Carolina/Massachusetts, 1954- ), Abby Shahn (New York/Maine, 1940- ), Eric Hopkins (Maine/Connecticut, 1951- ), and many others.
To accompany the extensive Maine art offerings, there will be an important mid-19th Century painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (France, 1796-1875), “Le Chariot d’Arras”, depicting a family in a hay cart drawn by four horses approaching the town of Arras, France. Two beautiful paintings by celebrated western artist James Taylor Harwood (Utah/California, 1860-1940) will be offered, along with two great ship paintings: John Stobart’s (Massachusetts/Florida, 1929- ) oil on canvas work, “The Black Ball Line ‘Great Western’ in the Approaches to New York”; and the circa 1855 “Portrait of the Schooner ‘J.W. Seaver’” by Joseph B. Smith (New York/New Jersey, 1798-1876).
The auction will also present outstanding collections of marine and folk art: a circa 1810 American Federal Period carved eagle form ship’s figurehead with remnants of original paint; a copper and zinc weathervane in the form of a merino ram with most of its original gilding; and a circa 1863 A. Rogers Civil War field drum nicely decorated with an eagle and shield on blue field.
The furniture collection will include several important tall clocks, led by a Federal period mahogany cased clock by Timothy Chandler (1762-1848) of Concord, New Hampshire. There will also be an 18th century American cherry block front serpentine gentleman’s chest with graduated drawers, and a unique French Belle Epoch rosewood collector’s cabinet decorated with Japanese Maki lacquer decorated panels.
Among the many fine small luxury objects in the auction will be: a Faberge gold and pink guilloche enamel pen set with a cabochon moonstone at the top; a ladies platinum ring center set with a 2.95 carat marquise cut diamond; a man’s Breguet model #5800 stainless steel marine wristwatch; a 107-piece set of Georg Jensen Cactus pattern sterling flatware; and a 1956 Madoura pottery plaque by Pablo Picasso (Spain/France, 1881-1973), “Flute Player and Goatk,” from the edition of 450. The sale will also include Brother Thomas pottery, Meissen porcelain, and early tin glazed ceramics.
In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the Internet (via www.invaluable.com, www.liveauctioneers.com and www.auctionzip.com). The buyer’s premium is 15 percent. Call 1-207-354-8141 for more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
The gallery will be open for previews Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Aug. 28 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day) and from 9 -11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday before the sale.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston. Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.