HARRISBURG, Pa. – A sculpture entitled “Vested Dancer” by Demetre H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) sold for $24,000 in Cordier Auctions’ Spring antique and fine art auction May 19-20, 2012.
Other highlights of the sale included a 45-inch Chinese signed and jeweled ivory tusk at $6,000 and a Walter Emerson Baum (American, 1884-1956) painting at $7,000, one of three included in the sale.
Of note was a T206 tobacco card of Bill O’Hara (St. Louis) with Polar Bear back graded 30 Good by SGC that sold just under estimate to the room at $1,700 while a grouping of 58 T206 cards surpassed its $400 to $600 estimate, hammering down at $1,300. The cards were followed by a collection of 92 walking sticks that saw strong results and featured several unique examples including a 28 gauge shotgun cane at $1,000 and a horse head automaton walking stick at $900, both estimated at $500 to $700.
Clocks and lighting concluded Sunday’s session. A unique J.E. Caldwell & Co. bronze and mixed metals chinoiserie mantle clock decorated in the Chinese taste sold within estimate at $1,100 in clocks while in lighting a Handel style reverse painting lamp exceeded its $400 to $800, hammering down at $1,000 as did a pair of G. Mascogni alabaster figural lamps.
Over 100 lots of sterling and plate were offered in Saturday’s session with good prices, especially for unique pieces and quality flatware sets including a large 166 piece set of Dominick & Haff Pointed Antique at $3,900 and a 65 piece set of Georg Jensen Acanthus at $2,500. Tea sets saw strong bidding including examples of the Strasbourg pattern by Gorham sold for $4,750, a Mexican set by Salvador de la Serna sold for $4,000 and a Continental 900 silver set brought $3,000.
A pair of lady’s Victorian 18K and enamel buckle-form bracelets saw strong bidding before being hammered down to a dealer in the room within estimate at $2,300. A bidder in the room was the successful winner of a 2.39 ctw diamond and platinum cocktail ring at $3,100 (estimate $3,000 to $5,000).
Quality watches have been producing strong results recently and this auction was no exception. An early Vacheron & Constantin 18K gold pocket watch hammered down to the Internet just above high estimate at $1,300 while a Volta 18K minute repeater chronograph sold within estimate at $1,700 to the room. Among wristwatches was a man’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Snowdrop. In excellent condition, the watch realized $1,700 on an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.
Sunday’s session of the two day auction included furniture and rugs, lighting, clocks and fine, Asian, and ethnographic art. Among American furniture pieces was a circa 1800 Pennsylvania painted blanket chest. Estimated at $400 to $600, the chest saw strong bidding before hammering down to a local bidder in the room at $1,200. An area dealer was the winner of a Louis XVI style marble top commode after an original executed in 1778 by Jean-Henri Riesener. Featuring ornate marquetry and parquetry designs overall, the commode sold just under estimate for $3,000. The same dealer was also the winner of an 18th century South German bureau cabinet, also at $3,000.
Asian arts continued to show strong results. A Chinese Song Dynasty celadon covered jar soared well past its $750 to $1,500 estimate realizing $4,250 from an out of state bidder, while the internet came away with a Song celadon bowl at $1,600 (estimate $400 to $600). Two polychrome decorated Chinese fish bowls also well exceeded their $150 to $300 estimates selling to a phone bidder at $3,950 and $1,760. A large and heavy signed Chinese carved and jeweled ivory tusk was one of the top lots of sale, selling at low estimate to a local collector in the room at $6,000.
Over 100 lots of fine art produced several strong results including the top lot of the two day auction – a sculpture after Demetre Haralamb Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947). Titled “Vested Dancer”, the cold painted and patinated bronze and ivory sculpture exemplifies Chiparus’ Art Deco style. Bidding began on the internet but eventually came down to two persistent telephone bidders. While both bid strongly, a dealer out of New York came away the winner at $24,000.
Art also featured three regional landscape paintings by well-known Impressionist painter Walter Emerson Baum (American, 1884-1956). While a large 30” x 36” oil on canvas entitled “On Easton Street” sold below estimate at $5,000 as did a smaller winter scene with houses at $3,250, a view of “Milford Square, A Village Near Quakertown” sold at its high estimate of $7,000.
The multi-consignor sale featured items from more than 100 consignors including estates and collectors. More than 350 people were in attendance during the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders. More than 480 bidders were pre-registered to bid via the internet through ArtFact/Auctionzip which also provided an online catalog of the auction. Prices quoted do not include the buyer’s premium (10 percent to 15 percent).