Live virtual auction kicks off summer at Thomaston Place


THOMASTON – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick off their summer 2020 season with a two-day auction of important works of art and antiques on July 18-19. This sale will offer a wide range of rare and unique items collected from estates since last fall.

To be on the safe side in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sale will take place in the form of a live virtual sale, with auctions by phone, mail order and internet. The auction can be viewed in real time on the three online auction sites, ThomastonLive, LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We are delighted to reopen and sell the many fabulous items we have collected over the past six to eight months. We are working hard to adapt to this new virtual format and make participating in the sale easy and fun for everyone.

The sale will feature a mix of traditional and modern art, including two drawings by Keith Haring (NY / PA, 1959-1990).

The traditional artwork will be directed by two monumental and charming 19th century portraits of children – one by Joseph Goodhue Chandler (MA / NY, 1813-1884) and the other by David Broderick Walcott (OH, 1825- 1885).

There will be an exceptional selection of folk art and marine artifacts including: Carousel Horses by Gustav Dentzel, Charles Carmel and Charles Looff.

The diversity of the furniture offer will include a large number of pieces from the Biedermeier period, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Brno armchairs by Knoll, important pieces of furniture from ancient America and arts and crafts, as well as exceptional modern and bespoke items.

At the head of a large group of Asian antiques and artifacts will be a life-size Roman marble statue of Asclepius, the god of medicine; a marble tomb figure from the Cyclades; and a 12th-15th century. CE Head of Vishnu carved in Cambodian Khmer sandstone.

The sale will feature a set of fine ceramics and glass, such as a set of five important pieces in glazed stoneware by designer Arabia Birger Kaipianen (Finland, 1915-1988).

Among the firearms that will be sold will be a fine pair of English Rowland & Watson shotguns, a rare 2 pound Daniel King cast iron barrel and a pair of 19th century silver flintlock pistols from the gunsmith. Londoner John Blissett. Of historical interest will be a group of six vinyl German invasion maps of WWII in the United Kingdom, and a set of twelve original color negatives of Marilyn Monroe during a visit in 1954 to entertain troops in Korea. .

Other items of interest will include: a beaded buckskin dress from the Native American plains circa 1900, a set of twelve 18th-century Vilnius School icons depicting the Twelve Apostles, a silver metal Meriden lighthouse from the Deco period in the shape of a cocktail shaker. Finally, the sale will present fine jewelry, silverware, tea boxes and oriental rugs.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. EST each day. A full color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs, is available, and all lots can be viewed on the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries website, www.thomastonauction.com. Visit the website or call 207-354-8141 for more information.

The gallery will be open to previews by appointment only from Monday July 13 to Friday July 17 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily). Call 207-354-8141 to schedule a preview time.

Gustav Dentzel's carousel horse will be at the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries virtual auction on July 18th and 19th.


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