Thomaston Place Auction’s February 16-18 sale features fine art, decorative items, Inuit artifacts

TP image 1 Large oil on canvas painting by Charles Walter Simpson (U.K., 1885-1971), titled With the Quorn Hounds, near Billesdon Coplow, signed and dated 1923 (est. $40,000-$50,000).

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day Winter Auction planned for Feb. 16-18 will present a dazzling array of traditional and modern artwork, antiques, decorative items and ethnographic artifacts that will warm the hearts of collectors, decorators and dealers worldwide. Day 1 (Feb. 16) will feature a recently discovered cache of contemporary art from a Camden, Maine estate, including works by a veritable who’s-who of important late 20th Century artists; and an extensive group of fine Inuit-crafted antiquities, art and artifacts, ranging from ancient tools and ceremonial items to contemporary sculptures.

TP image 2 Double-sided daily calendar of engagements of England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill, July/Aug. 1943, with notations regarding a meeting with FDR (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Day 2 (Feb. 17) will include artworks by Jasper Cropsey, Thomas Eakins and James Taylor Harwood; equestrian paintings by Charles Walter Simpson, Franklin Voss, Haddon Sundblom, Lionel Edwards and Henry Lucas; the 1932 sterling silver trophy from The Royal Hunt Cup; an Elephant Folio engraving of the Red Headed Woodpecker (Pl. 27) by John James Audubon; Admiral Nelson-era British Royal Navy documents; 18th and 19th century Chinese Export armorial porcelain; antique furniture; marine and sailor made items; antiquities; Indo-Persian treasures; early clocks; Asian antiques; and more.

TP image 3 Carved soapstone Inuit sculpture by Osuitok Ipeelee (Nunavut, Canada, 1923-2005), titled Two Narwhals, circa 1975, with Canadian Eskimo Art tag (est. $1,200-$1,800).

Day 3 (Feb. 18) will have estate jewelry and timepieces (including E. Howard and Tiffany & Co.); a late 19th century Viennese enameled gilded silver and engraved rock crystal compote; a sterling silver tea and coffee set by Georg Jensen; two Louis Vuitton trunks; a 19th century KPM plaque depicting Mary Magdalene; a 1943 page from the WWII engagement diary of Winston Churchill; art by Walt Kuhn, Stephen Etnier, Carl Kauba, Edward Henry Potthast, Marcel Bouraine and Christophe Fratin; a Wooten desk; furniture by Stickley, Thomas Moser and Roycroft; early advertising; porcelain; and art glass. For more info, click here.





Leslie Hindman will sell property from the estate of Philip and Mary Hulitar, Friday, February 22nd

LH image 1 Pair of 20th century Herend porcelain covered tureens and undertrays in the Luxurious Butterfly pattern, on a black background, 18 inches in width (est. $1,500-$2,500).

On Friday, February 22nd, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will sell property from the estate of Philip and Mary Hulitar, formerly of Palm Beach, Florida. The sale – to be conducted online, as well as at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ gallery in Palm Beach – will feature artworks by the artist Stephen Scott Young and from the School of George Chinnery, exquisite examples of Venetian blackamoor figures, Chinese export paintings and an extensive collection of silver. The layout of the couple’s home, and how it was decorated, reflects an era of entertaining where each room showcased an abundance of worldly objects.

LH image 2 19th century Louis XV style gilt bronze elephant clock, 18 inches tall, with a white enamel dial, flanked by Asian circus figures and monkey, on a rocaille base (est. $1,500-$2,500).

The home was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth, a prominent architect who also designed Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s Florida residence. Philip Hulitar served as the Head of Women's Design at Bergdorf Goodman before opening his own design firm for women's fashion in 1949. He retired from the industry in 1964, renting his home in Glen Cove, Long Island to Robert F. Kennedy, who was preparing to run for the Senate in New York. On Friday, February 23, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will hold its first Sporting Art Sale, offering fine art, sculptures and silver from a prominent private collection out of London. To see more, click here.

LH image 3 Italian rococo style painted sofa from the 19th century, having chartreuse upholstery and measuring 53 inches tall by 87 inches wide by 28 inches deep (est. $1,000-$2,000).




Vintage posters go to the circus for PAI’s 74th Rare Poster Auction, Sunday, Feb. 25th

PAI image 1 Barnum & Bailey poster by an unknown artist, depicting the circus at Coney Island in New York and used for Barnum & Bailey’s British tour of 1898-1899 (est. $8,000-$10,000).

Poster Auctions International’s first sale of the year, on Sunday, February 25th, will contain 502 lots featuring several thrilling collections of graphic art that are as historically important as they are visually exciting. It’s PAI’s 74th Rare Posters Auction and will be led by over 30 vintage circus posters, from Ringling Brothers, Sells Brothers, the Floto Circus, Adam Forepaugh and more – with delirious, fantastical and incredibly detailed scenes of everything from sideshow oddities to the vast menageries and tent cities of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Estimates range from $1,500 to $10,000 per poster.

PAI image 2 Rarest of all the travel posters by Roger Broders (Fr., 1883-1953), the only image ever created by Broder for the Chemin de Fer Nord railroad in France (est. $17,000-$20,000).

Also offered will be 70 posters from the estate of Gail Chisolm, the late New York City vintage poster dealer, with examples from Colin, Cassandre, Penfield and more; five original artworks by Paul Colin (and 12 works overall by him), including splendid Art Deco pieces from inside the Paris jazz dens of the 1920s and ‘30s (est. $1,200-$10,000); travel posters executed by Broder (two of his finest), Ragan (20th Century Limited), William P. Welsh (four stunners) and Kauffer and Klein; 72 aviation posters, including a 1911 Roubaix (est. $12,000-$15,000); and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec, Cappiello and Mucha. To see more, click here.

PAI image 3 Rare two-sheet movie poster for the classic film La Dolce Vita (1959), by Giorgio Olivetti, originally printed for the original Cannes Film Festival release (est. $17,000-$20,000).