HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lady’s Cartier Art Deco diamond wristwatch realized $21,000 in Cordier Auctions & Appraisals’ two-day, 680-lot antique and fine art auction Nov. 5-6, 2011, in Harrisburg, Pa. – the inaugural antiques auction in Cordier’s new 12,000-square-foot facility at 1500 Paxton St., Harrisburg, Pa.
Other highlights of the sale included a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard that fetched $16,000 and a massive antique Chinese screen that earned $10,000.
Prices quoted are exclusive of the 10-15 percent buyer’s premium.
Saturday’s sale began with numismatics including a large grouping of rare, high quality British coins. Many of these high-grade coins finished above estimate, including a 1689 William and Mary half crown. In MS63, the coin realized $2,500 on an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000. The highest selling English coin was a 1658 Oliver Cromwell crown in AU58 that sold for $5,500.
Other English coin highlights include a 1687 James II crown in MS63 at $3,000 (estimate $2,000-$3,000), a 1746 George II Lima crown in AU58 at $1,700 (estimate $400 to $800) and a prooflike 1689 Maundy Money set at $2,250 (estimate $1,000-$1,500).
More than 80 lots of sterling and plate were offered in Saturday’s session with strong prices especially for quality sterling silver flatware sets and unique pieces. An 18th century American silver tankard attributed to Joseph Richardson of Philadelphia circa 1770 to 1780, estimated at $1,000 to $1,500, saw strong bidding before hammering down to a phone bidder for $4,100.
Among several Tiffany sterling items was an early butter dish that went to a successful Internet bidder for $950 while a Tiffany flower holder sold for $1,100 to a dealer in the room. That same bidder was also successful on winning a large parcel gilt and sterling silver nef at $1,500 while an Internet bidder came away with a large William B. Durgin seven-piece tea set at $8,500.
Saturday’s session finished up with jewelry and watches. The aforementioned lady’s Cartier Art Deco platinum, 18-karat gold and diamond wristwatch carrying an inscription dated 1919 in fine original condition sold to a telephone bidder for $21,000 after opening online at $3,250; the Cartier wristwatch was set with 30 diamonds and retained its original ribbon band with jeweled clasp.
Pocketwatch examples include an 18-karat James Nardin Locle at $2,250 (estimate $800-$1,200), an 18-karat Vacheron & Constantin at $1,700 (estimate $800-$1,000) and a 14-karat American Waltham PS Bartlett at $1,600 (estimate $800-$1,000).
The top jewelry lot was a VVS2 1.83 carat round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring with side diamonds set in platinum. Purchased at well-known Philadelphia company J.E. Caldwell in 1956, the ring sold just above high estimate at $11,000. Other jewelry highlights include a Victorian gold and diamond bangle bracelet at $1,800 (estimate $1,000-$1,200) and a 14-karat gold and gemstone figural dragon ring realizing its high estimate of $1,200.
Sunday’s auction session included furniture and rugs, lighting, clocks and fine, Asian, and ethnographic art. Of local interest in the furniture category is a Harrisburg Hepplewhite Pembroke table featuring a book-end motif that has been found on two other examples with Harrisburg provenance; the table sold to a Harrisburg area bidder just below high estimate at $850.
A local dealer was the winning bidder of an Aesthetic Movement bedside table attributed to Herter Brothers at $1,100 (estimate $1,000-$3,000) and a 19th century Italian desk and bookcase at $1,900 (estimate $700-$1,200). A bidder in the room came away with a set of six Centennial Chippendale side chairs for $1,400 (estimate $1,000-$1,400).
Interest continues to run high in Asian antiques and arts. One of the top lots of the auction is a massive palace-sized Chinese carved and gilded rosewood screen. Estimated at $1,500 to $3,000, several Asian bidders online bid the piece to its final hammer price of $10,000.
Among ivory offerings were two lots of Chinese carved puzzle balls that well exceeded their estimates, with one selling for $2,000 (estimate $300-$500) and the other for $800 (estimate $100-$200). Other highlights included a small Chinese Export Masonic bowl at $900, a Chinese cloisonné moon flask at $1,000 and a pair of Chinese famille jaune eggshell vases at $650.
Decorative arts provided two of the auction’s top lots. The first is a cast iron fireback dated 1746 made at the Oxford Furnace in Warren County, N.J. One of the earliest known examples and with provenance to an East Millstone, N.J., mansion, the fireback well exceeded its $1,000 to $2,000 estimate, selling to a New Jersey bidder for $7,500. The other was a Flemish 19th century, intricately carved ivory tankard; carrying a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $15,000, the piece found a new home in Brazil for an Internet bid of $16,000.
Several lots of Sevres porcelain were offered including two pairs of large gilt bronze mounted urns realizing $3,650 and $2,400, while a group of three small urns hammered down at $1,100. Other highlights of decorative arts included a 19th century French gilt bronze jardinière at $1,400 (estimate $500-$1,000) and a Moser gilt and enameled green glass pitcher at $500 (estimate $100 to $200).
With a final bid of $4,500, the top lot of fine art (among the more than 90 offered) was a large oil on canvas by Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896-1978) entitled “Bright Gloucester Morning.”
An oil on wood landscape by Antoine Chintreuil (French, 1814-1873) brought a pleasant surprise when it fetched $2,750 against a presale estimate of $700 to $900. Also surprising: four lots of 19th century grand tour gouaches depicting Italian scenes, each estimated at $200 to $400, earned $900, $1,000, $1,800 and $1,400.
Concluding Sunday’s antiques auction session were lighting and clocks. Two large Baccarat Zenith chandeliers, one 36-light and one 48-light, consigned by a local estate, sold to a New York antiques dealer on the phone for $11,000 and $15,000 respectively.