Marine Art Soars at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ August Sale

"After the Storm", an oil on canvas painting by Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) was the leading auction item, selling for $169,650.

THOMASTON, ME: The “Splendid, Part II” auction on August 27, 28 & 29 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries more than lived up to its name by generating revenue of just under $3 million. Marine paintings and drawings dominated the leaderboard, with added impact from several important American clocks, Asian rarities, modern designer pieces, and a classic vehicle.

Thomaston Place Auctioneer and President Kaja Veilleux said: “With wild and fast bidding coming from all directions, I haven’t had this much fun at the podium in a quite a while. It was fantastic!”

Leading the sale was “After the Storm”, an oil on canvas work by Russian master painter Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), depicting a crew escaping their foundering ship in turbulent seas.  Estimated at $70,000 to $90,000, it fetched $169,650 after a fierce bidding battle. In second place was an oil on board depiction of the Yacht “America” by James Edward Buttersworth (NJ/NY/UK, 1817-1894) that sailed past its $50,000-75,000 estimate and brought $117,000,

Artwork by the Wyeth family also exceeded expectations. A 1940 ink drawing titled “In the Georges Islands” by Andrew Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009) fetched $87,750 (versus a $50,000-60,000 estimate); and N.C. Wyeth’s (PA/ME/MA, 1882-1945) “Have a ‘Coke’ = How are things goin’?” brought $50,400 (against a $20,000-30,000 estimate).  Three other Andrew Wyeth works also attracted five figures, all well above pre-sale estimates.

Other high performing paintings included: Alfred Thompson Bricher’s (NY/NH, 1837-1908) depiction of a New Hampshire lake at sunset that reached $35,100; a Maine shore view from an artist studio door, attributed to Winslow Homer (MA/ME/UK, 1836-1910) that brought $26,400, over a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-5,000; and a work depicting a stormy sea off the Portland Head Lighthouse by Harrison Bird Brown that achieved $23,400.

Works created by contemporary Maine artists, such as William Thon (1906-2000), Eric Hopkins (1951- ), Imero Gobbato (1923-2010), Paul Caponigro (1932- ), and Jill Hoy, also attracted spirited bidding and very strong results.

Three important clocks were hotly contested by auction participants, led by a Benjamin Willard mahogany cased tall clock that sold for $64,350, over an $8,000-12,00 pre-sale estimate. A rare David Wood (1756-1847) Newburyport shelf clock brought $30,000, and a circa 1805 David Wood tall clock raised $13,200.

Several Asian lots delivered very strong results, including: a Chinese peach-bloom glazed beehive form waterpot that brought $114,000 after an extended bidding battle; a Thai 18th – 19th Century gilt cinnabar enthroned Buddha figure that raised $15,600; and a group of eight 17th – 18th Century Indian paintings that reached $6,435.

Bidders also aggressively pursued mid-century design lots, such as: a 1968 Andrew Warhol (NY/PA, 1928-1987) serigraph, “Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup”, #229/250, that achieved a $70,200 selling price over a $10,000-15,000 pre-sale estimate; a pair of op art aquatint etchings by Anni Elsa Frieda Albers (CT/NC/Germany, 1899-1984) that brought $14,040 versus a $3,000-4,000 estimate; a lot of three Barcelona chairs and one ottoman designed by Mies Van Der Rohe (IL/Germany, 1886-1969) that fetched $9,600; and a Mies Van Der Rohe designed daybed that sold for $7,800.

A 1970 Oldsmobile 442 power top convertible automobile raised $52,650, over a $30,000-40,000 estimate.

Other high flying lots included: a Rolex stainless steel wristwatch that brought $10,200;  an English George I period Britannia silver coffeepot by Thomas Parr I that raised $9,000; and an 1862 Abraham Lincoln appointment that fetched $8,400.

A complete list of auction results can be found at  The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries fine art and antique feature auction will be held on November 12, 13 & 14, 2021.

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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