HARRISBURG, Pa. – Edward Rowe, auctioneer and director of logistics at Cordier Auctions, sold a rare 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals Nov. 6, 2011, for $16,000.
The tankard, consigned by a local estate, was intricately carved with scenes of Bacchanalia and putti. The tankard carried a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.
The piece opened strongly with an online absentee bid of $13,000 and while there was much interest in the room, bidding remained entirely on the Internet with the final bid of $16,000 coming from a live online bidder in Brazil.
Rowe, who has been in the auction business since 2005, joined Cordier Auctions two years ago as an auctioneer and director of logistics. Cordier Auctions owner David Cordier noted “Ed Rowe is one of the key staff of our company and it’s rewarding to see him sell one of the top lots of our fall 2011 catalog auction at our new Harrisburg location.”
Other highlights of the auction included an Art Deco Cartier diamond wristwatch at $21,000 and a massive Chinese gilt screen at $10,000.
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