18th century chatelaine could tie up $8,000

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Cordier Auctions’ Spring Antique & Fine Art auction, May 18-19, promises offerings that cover the gamut of the antiques world.

Items attracting extensive presale interest include paintings by Cornelius David, an 18th century French pocketwatch with diamond and enameled chatelaine, and a 1541 English Great Bible.

Stunning design and color give this 18th century watch, with diamond and enameled chatelaine, an intriguing appearance, and is drawing presale interest for the piece pegged to go for $8,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

Stunning design and color give this 18th century watch, with diamond and enameled chatelaine, an intriguing appearance, and is drawing presale interest for the piece pegged to go for $8,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

The sale opens with books and paper, collectibles, toys, jewelry, silver, porcelain and glass. The highlight of the books and paper section is a Great Bible version of the “Byble in Englyshe” printed by Edward Whitchurch in London in 1541, which carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. Other items of note include autographs of Margaret Thatcher, Charles Lindburgh and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as:

• More than 30 steins, canes, flasks and violins

• Western show saddle with sterling mounts ($600-$800)

• Connie Mack/Athletics team signed baseball ($1,000-$1,200)

• Cleveland & Stevenson 1893 inaugural button ($300-$500).

Fifty lots of silver will be offered, followed by more than 130 lots of fine jewelry and watches, with the show-stopping lot: a verge fusee pocketwatch, circa 1760, featuring an elaborate gold chatelaine decorated with diamonds and cobalt enameling ($6,000-$8,000).

Meanwhile, porcelain, glass, and other decorative arts includes an Orrefors “Ariel” vase, pegged to sell at $1,800 to $2,000; several Vienna bronzes including a peacock estimated at $800 to $1,000; and a Tiffany Grapevine box, a unique hot air balloon form birdcage and a set of six early polychrome glazed Persian tiles.

This Carved Chinese etagere is expected to attract much bidding interest, and carries a presale estimate of $1,500-$3,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

This Carved Chinese etagere is expected to attract much bidding interest, and carries a presale estimate of $1,500-$3,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

The May 19 session will include furniture and rugs, Asian, fine and decorative arts, clocks, and lighting, including:

• A 1673 tavern table and a William & Mary highboy

• 75 lots of Ethnographic and Asian arts including a set of six Chinese polychrome ivory carvings ($1,000-$2,000)

• More than 100 lots of fine art, headlined by Cornelius’ late 19th century painting entitled “Indian Hunter with a Gun.”

Rounding out the auction is a selection of clocks and lighting, including a Gustav Becker bracket clock, two Pairpoint table lamps, including a reverse painted piece estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.

A full online catalog is available at www.CordierAntiques.com. For more information contact auctions@cordierantiques.com or call 717-731-8662.

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