“Majestic” Auction Harvests Record Results At Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

"Coming Through the Rye", a painting by Winslow Homer that sold for $936,000

THOMASTON, ME:  Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Fall sale on November 12, 13 & 14 delivered just over $3.5 million, the strongest proceeds to date from a single auction. Bidding from the floor, phones and internet was fierce across all three days, with many lots bringing prices significantly above pre-sale estimates and only 13% of lots unsold.

“Coming through the Rye”, an oil on canvas painting by iconic American artist Winslow Homer (MA/ME/UK, 1836-1910) led the sale and achieved a new record high price for a single lot sold at Thomaston Place, bringing $936,000.  The work depicts a contemplative young woman with downcast eyes standing in a grain field. Created during a ten-month period Homer spent painting in France, it is inscribed “Homer/Paris 1867”. It is included in the Artist’s catalog raisonne has an impeccable provenance and exhibition history.

Thomaston Place Auctioneer and President Kaja Veilleux said: “Bidding action was fast and furious on many items, and I loved every minute of it.  This sale unleashed a lot of pent up demand for wonderful and rare objects.”

Bidders were also excited by an 18th Century Chinese flambe glazed moon flask with Qianlong seal mark and collection label of Mary Millicent Abigail Rogers (1902-1953), as it obliterated its $18,000-20,000 pre-sale estimate and sold for $180,000 after aggressive phone and internet action.

A beautiful Tiffany Studios bronze table lamp with jeweled Dragonfly leaded glass shade exhilarated sale participants as it was bid to $99,450.  This rare lamp was given as a wedding gift in 1910 and descended in the family of the consignor.

Artwork from a veritable “who’s who” of great American artists, also contributed outstanding results, such as: a watercolor/gouache by Jamie Wyeth (PA/ME/DE, 1946- ) titled “Olsen’s”, depicting the iconic Cushing, Maine farmhouse made famous by his father, that brought $43,875; “Grand Canyon”, an oil on canvas painting by Thomas Moran (PA/CA, 1837-1926) that raised $43,875; a coastal scene by Alfred Thompson Bricher (NY/NH, 1837-1908) that fetched $29,250; and a view of a Maine harbor at sunset by Fitz Henry Lane (MA, 1804-1865) that reached $29,250.

Two charming paintings by Dahlov Ipcar (ME/VT, 1917-2017) exceeded pre-sale expectations and brought $23,400 and $17,170.  Neil Welliver’s monumental painting “Fall Brook” also attracted strong bidding and ended at $23,400.

The sale presented an outstanding inventory of marine art, and many pieces greatly exceeded pre-sale estimates, such as: two ship paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (NY/NJ/Denmark, 1850-1921) that brought, $15,210 (pre-sale est.$6,000-9,000) and $14,040 (pre-sale est. $10,000-12,000); portrait of the yacht “America” by James Gale Tyler (CT/NY, 1855-1931) that fetched $9,360 (pre-sale est. $3,000-5,000); William Pierce Stubb’s portrait of the four-mast schooner “James W. Fitch” that achieved $8,775 (pre-sale est. $5,000-7,000); and two whale plaques by sculptor Wick Ahrens (VT/CA, 1944-2016) that sold for $8,775 (pre-sale est. $1,000-1,500) and $8,190 (pre-sale est. $800-1,200).

The first day of the sale was dedicated to extensive collections of Neolithic to Qing period Chinese ceramics and early English items from the estate of noted advertising photographer Frank Cowan (1934-2003).  Many pieces from the 230-lot Chinese group attracted spirited bidding and greatly exceeded pre-sale estimates, such as: a Tang dynasty (675-750) celadon glazed earthenware canteen that brought $19,890; a Qing dynasty Imperial yellow bowl that sold for $12,870; a Song dynasty or later black glazed Henan bowl that reached $8775; a Qianlong celadon wine ewer that achieved $8775; and a Ming dynasty blue and white bowl that sold for $7,605.

High flying items from the English collection included: three lots of framed 17th and 18th Century petit point needlework that reached $22,815, $17,550, and $16,380; and a mid-17th Century English wedding chair that raised $11,700 over a $2,000-3,000 estimate.

Bidders also aggressively pursued: a circa 1600 Novgorod School Russian icon that brought $49,725, exceeding a $7,500-10,000 estimate; a room-size Serapi carpet that sold for $22,815; a Chinese Ming dynasty watercolor on silk depicting children harvesting silkworm cocoons that achieved $20,475; and an antique platinum and diamond chandelier necklace that fetched $17,550.

A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will conduct three upcoming specialty auctions on December 1, 2 & 3 – Toys & Banks on Wednesday, 12/1; Jewelry on Thursday, 12/2; and Sporting items on Friday, 12/3.  On January 14, 2022, there will be  an auction featuring an important collection of Native American artifacts; and on January 26, there will be a sale of Japanese woodblock prints, netsukes and okimonos.  And, the next Fine Art and Antiques auction is scheduled for February 25, 26 & 27.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Northern New England’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering antique and fine art treasures: 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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