Three-Day Winter Enchantment Sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

by | Feb 24, 2023

THOMASTON, ME:  On February 24, 25 & 26 at 11:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Winter Enchantment sale will present a beguiling collection of rarities and fresh-to-the-market finds.  The auction will include excellent selections of paintings & sculpture, estate jewelry, antique & modern furniture, folk art, fine collectibles, Asian artifacts, and decorative accessories.

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “This sale offers an intriguing and diverse inventory, with items ranging from 17th Century to the 21st century, and items to appeal to all collecting tastes.”    

There will be a substantial group of Old Master paintings, including: a work depicting a view in southern France by Claude Le Lorrain (France, 1600-1682), a painting titled “The Carnival” by Jean-Baptiste Pater (France, 1695-1736), and two late 17th Century harbor scenes depicting Dutch warships.  

Leading contemporary paintings will include: a watercolor and graphite work titled “Study for Island Geese” by Jamie Wyeth (PA/ME, 1946- ); “Flora”, a 1966 painting by Rene Portocarrero (Cuba, 1912-1985); a 1956 oil on Masonite work by Gertrude Abercrombie (IL/WI/Germany, 1909-1977) depicting a leaf and chaise lounge; and “Winter Night” a 1995 work by Maine artist Linden Frederick (1953- ).

A signed 1965 offset lithograph in four colors titled “Shipboard Girl” by Roy Lichtenstein (NY, 1923-1997) will be offered, along with an Andy Warhol (NY, 1929-1987) Campbell’s Soup (Cream of Mushroom) 1968 limited edition serigraph will be offered.

The sale will also include artwork by William Rowland Davis (MA/ME, 1879-1944), James Edward Buttersworth (NJ/NY/UK, 1817-1894), Thomas Sully (PA/UK, 1783-1872), Albert Bierstadt (NY/MA/CA/KS/Germany, 1830-1902), Aaron Draper Shattuck (CT/NH, 1832-1928), Robert Swain Gifford (NY/MA, 1840-1905), William Dethlef Koerner (NJ/NY/MT, 1878-1938), Andrew Wyeth (ME/PA, 1917-2009), and many others.

A large carved and polychrome painted rooster by itinerant artist Wilhelm Schimmel (PA/Germany, 1817-1890) will lead the folk art offerings; along with a carved fish design tete-a-tete chair by Stephen Huneck (VT/NH/OH, 1948-2010); and a carved wall-mounted eagle figurehead, possibly from a 19th Century US Navy officer’s launch. The sale will also offer 3 weathervanes, 5 ship models and 13 scrimshaw decorated whale’s teeth.

There will be an interesting group of items that descended in the family of esteemed Maine politician and philanthropist Percival Proctor Baxter (1876-1969), who served terms in the Maine State Senate and Maine House of Representatives and was the 53rd governor of the State of Maine (1921-1925).  The collection includes seven paintings by his mother, Mehetabel Cummings Procter Baxter (1837-1914); one painting by his father, James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921); and a variety of personal items.    

The 196– lot estate jewelry & watch collection will include a vintage platinum and gold ring center set with a 4.55-carat Old European cut diamond, an Elwood Van Clief platinum ring set with 4.49-carat natural emerald flanked by trillion cut diamonds, and a Cartier 18K gold woven choker form necklace in original box.

The incredibly diverse furniture collection will include: two pietra dura inlaid marble octagonal top tables; a rare Pilgrim century mushroom arm slat-back armchair; an 18th Century French Provincial blue painted armoire; a Heywood Wakefield Topaz blonde finish dining set; and many other antique, midcentury and contemporary pieces.

The sale will also present art pottery by Grueby, Rookwood and Harrison McIntosh (CA, 1914-2016); and fine glass pieces by Tiffany Studios, Loetz, and Steuben.

Other items of interest will include: a 2007 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, handcrafted canoe from Sebec, ME, Judith Lieber evening bags, and a Bally “Amigo” pinball machine.  On Friday, February 25, collections of luxury pens, inkwells, Mettlach steins, tea caddies, early toys, and World War II war bond posters will be sold.

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

The gallery will be open for previews from Monday thru Friday, February 13 through 17 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Saturday, February 18 (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.); and Monday through Thursday, February 20 through 23 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).  Previewing will also be available on auction days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24, 25 and 26, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Please call 1-207-354-8141 to reserve seats at the sale. Telephone, absentee, and live online bidding on three 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.