Swinging into Summer

An upcoming three-day auction weekend will kick off summer with over 1,500 lots, from fine jewellery and watches to 19th-century paintings and Asian antiques.

Swinging into Summer

Start your summer at Thomaston Place's three-day auction weekend from 31 May to 2 June, where you can bid on over 1,500 lots, including jewellery, fine art, sculpture, home décor, furniture, and more. The sheer number and range of items promises something for every collector to decorate their home (or dress up their wardrobe) in preparation for the summer months ahead. Here are the highlights of the auctions.

14K gold Le Phare pocket watch
14K gold Le Phare pocket watch

31 May will start off the auctions with over 450 lots of fine jewellery and watches for him and her. With Father's Day coming up in June, an excellent gift is this 14K Yellow Gold Gent's Hunter Case Quarter Hour Repeater Chronograph Pocket Watch by Le Phare, which was made made for the Russian market with month, day and moonphase in Cyrillic letters.

Designer dangle earrings in 18K white gold, each set with a large kunzite stone and diamonds
Designer dangle earrings in 18K white gold, each set with a large kunzite stone and diamonds

And to add some sparkle to her jewellery box are these stunning designer dangle earrings in 18K white gold, each set with a large kunzite stone of 63 carats and diamonds of 3.08 carats.

The Billiard Players, Jean Carolus. 1859, oil on canvas.
The Billiard Players, Jean Carolus. 1859, oil on canvas.

1 June, the first day of the spring auctions, will feature both European paintings and Asian antiquities. This elegant scene is titled The Billiard Players and was painted in 1859 by Belgian artist Jean Carolus. Carolus lived the majority of his life in France and his works depicted the sophisticated domestic life of French aristocrats and royalty.

18th century Chinese celadon jade vase with phoenxi and dragon, on custom rosewood base
18th century Chinese celadon jade vase with phoenxi and dragon, on custom rosewood base

Also on offer is this 18th-century Chinese celadon jade vase which features a phoenix and dragon form. The phoenix and dragon are often depicted together in Chinese art for weddings, because the phoenix represents a woman and the dragon embodies man, and together they symbolise a happy marriage.

Time Piece, Richard Artschwager. 1989, granite, aluminum and clock mechanism.
Time Piece, Richard Artschwager. 1989, granite, aluminum and clock mechanism.

On 2 June, modern decorative arts will be highlighted, including this granite timepiece by Richard Artschwager, which dates to 1989. Artschwager was inspired by the combination of a minimalist aesthetic with everyday domestic items, as evidenced by this contemporary clock, executed in granite and aluminium.

Thomas Moser cherry suite of "Wing" chairs and matching footrest, 2004
Thomas Moser cherry suite of "Wing" chairs and matching footrest, 2004

These solid cherry armchairs and footrest with silk linen upholstery are all signed in ink by Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Auburn, Maine, 2004. The simple, yet elegant design and light colours make these chairs the perfect addition to any home this summer.

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