Enchanting Winter Sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Feb. 25, 26 & 27

Exceptional painting of white peacocks by Jessie Arms Botke, one of many fine items to be sold at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on Feb. 25, 26 & 27

THOMASTON, ME:  On February 25, 26 & 27 at 11:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present “Winter Enchantment”, a magical auction of rarities and fresh-to-the-market finds.  The sale will include enticing collections of paintings, folk art & country Americana, fine pottery & glass, Asian antiques, and designer & custom decorative accessories.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “This auction presents an interesting balance of traditional and modern objects that will appeal to virtually all collecting and design interests.”

Leading the painting category is a beautiful and delicate work by Jessie Arms Botke (CA/IL, 1883-1971) depicting two white peacocks among amid a garden of exotic flowers. “Spring Tide” a dynamic oil on canvas seascape by Frederick Judd Waugh (NJ/MA, 1861-1940) will also be featured, along with paintings by James Edward Buttersworth (NJ/NY/UK, 181-1894), Thomas Moran (PA/CA, 1837-1926), Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (MA, 1910-1982), and Karl Albert Buehr (IL/VT/France, 1866-1952).

Two Andy Warhol (NY, 1929-1987) Campbell’s Soup limited edition serigraphs from 1968 will be offered – Campbell’s Soup I (Tomato) and Campbell’s Soup I (Green Pea) will be offered along with three outstanding “outsider art” watercolors by folk artist Bill Traylor (AL, 1854-1947).

There will be a great selection of early American folk art portraits, including a Prior Hamblin School work of a young brother and sister, an infant child with cat by Aaron Dean Fletcher (VT/NY, 1817-1902), and a pair of husband and wife portraits by E.E. Finch (ME, active 1832-1850).  Other folk art items include five weathervanes, six carousel animals (including rare moose and sea monster figures), plus groups of ship models, decoys, theorems, early signs, baskets, and treenware.

The sale will present a mid-19th Century British soldier-made quilt composed of thousands of wool geometric pieces, probably from military uniforms, centered by UK and US flags and assorted symbols.  Another historic treasure to be sold is a 1795 appointment signed by President George Washington.

Featured among the over 200 lots of fine furniture will be: a round walnut dining table purchased by Marilyn Monroe for her Brentwood, CA home; a circa 1700 red painted Deerfield blanket chest; a rare maple William & Mary drop-leaf butterfly table; New England rampant tiger maple chest on stand; plus many other early painted and inlaid pieces, and custom designer items by Thos. Moser, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Nils Jonsson.

The large pottery and glass collection will include: two lots of 18th Century German free blown stemware; pottery by Brother Thomas Bezanson (Canada/VT, 1929-2007), Martin Brothers, Pablo Picasso, and Doulton Lambeth; early porcelain by Coalport, Derby, Wedgwood, and Worcester; plus selections of early stoneware, redware and mocha ware.

There will be over 130 lots of Asian antiques and artifacts, led by a Chinese inlaid rosewood pedestal display table from the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, a set of 18 Chinese late 18th Century carved ivory Buddha disciple figures, multiple lots of early Japanese tsuba, and an early Thai gilt cinnabar Buddha figure.

Other items of interest include: a men’s 2005 Rolex Submariner wristwatch, an early 20th c. Italian micro-mosaic portrait of a standing musketeer from the Vatican Studio, a circa 1800 tall case clock by Nathan Hale (son of the Revolutionary War patriot), selections of early barometers, and a large group of fine boxes and tea caddies.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST each day.  All lots can be viewed at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ website, www.thomastonauction.com.

The gallery will be open for previews from Monday thru Friday, February 14 through 18 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Saturday, February 19 (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.); and Monday through Thursday, February 21 through 24 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).  Previewing will also be available on auction days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 25, 26 and 27, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Please call 1-207-354-8141 to reserve seats at the sale. Face masks will be required for in-house participants. Telephone, absentee, and live online bidding on four internet platforms will also be available. Please visit our website or call 1-207-354-8141 for more information.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Northern New England’s premier international auction company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations, and providing house call appraisal services.  Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.

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