Chiparus’ ‘Vested Dancer’ carries $7K public auction estimate

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Cordier Auctions & Appraisals will be holding their Two Day Spring Antique & Fine Art auction in Harrisburg, Pa., May 19-20. Highlights of the sale include three Walter E. Baum paintings and a walking stick collection, in addition to a collection of early baseball cards, 110 lots of sterling, 115 lots of jewelry, furniture, and fine, Asian, and decorative art. The 875 lot auction will be held in the company’s new auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.

Walter Emerson Baum Impressionist landscape  Walter Emerson Baum (American, 1884-1986) (estimate $10,000-$20,000). Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions & Appraisals.

Saturday’s sale is slated to offer collectibles, books and paper, jewelry, and silver. A collection of 92 walking sticks will be offered including presentation, sword and gun, system, automaton, folk art and ivory. Highlights include a presentation cane to Simon Cameron, Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln, from Union General Benjamin “The Beast” Butler as well as one presented to Henry Houck, Pennsylvania’s secretary of internal affairs from 1907-1917.

Silver offerings will include tea sets, flatware sets, pitchers, boxes and more by such companies as Tiffany, Stieff, Kirk, Gorham, and Towle. Among the 15 flatware sets to be sold is a 65 piece set of Acanthus by Georg Jensen.

The fine jewelry and watches category includes a nice selection of pocket and wristwatches. Among gold pocket watches is an 18-karat Vacheron & Constantin as well as an 18-karat Volta minute repeater chronograph. Several guilloche enameled pendant watches are included including a 14-karat example by Longines.

Fraktur by Contrad Trevitz  Fraktur by Conrad Trevitz (estimate $1,500-$3,000)

Jewelry will be highlighted by two sets of Victorian gold bracelets, one a set in the form of buckles decorated in 18-karat with black enamel and the other a pair of adjustable bracelets housed in their original case. A selection of Victorian 14-karat gold and enamel figural stickpins will be offered as will a 14-karat gold, palladium and diamond parure.

Sunday’s session will include furniture and rugs, clocks, lighting and fine, Asian and decorative arts. European furniture will include an 18th century German bureau cabinet and a large Dutch bombe cabinet.

Among American furniture will be a Pennsylvania painted blanket chest as well as a large and unusual drysink with provenance to the family homestead of Solomon Gorgas of Cumberland County, Pa. Several pieces of fine Middle Eastern inlaid chests and seating will also be offered.

More than 70 lots of Asian arts includes a large 19th century Chinese eight-panel coromandel room screen decorated with a court scene, precious objects and mythical beasts (estimate $4,000 to $6,000). Also of note is a Song Dynasty celadon covered jar, a small Chinese rhino horn libation cup and a large 62-inch Chinese bronze censer with bird finial.

A key lot of the sale will be a hinged hammered copper box attributed to Roycroft. Designed by Dard Hunter and decorated with applied German silver squares, the piece is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

Roycroft copper box  Hammered copper box attributed to Roycroft (estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Ceramics and glass will offer a varied grouping of items. Of note is a pair of unusual large Majolica vases with gnomes and a circa 1823 Masonic porcelain jug by James Hardman.

Fine art offerings consist of paintings, bronzes and prints, including three paintings by famed Pennsylvania Impressionist artist Walter Emerson Baum (American, 1884-1986) featuring his regional landscape views. A large 30-inch by 36-inch oil on canvas entitled “On Easton Street” is estimated at $10,000 to $20,000. Also included are smaller views of “Milford Square, A Village Near Quakertown” and a winter scene with houses.

Demetre Chiparus figure  Demetre H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) (estimate $5,000-$7,000)

“Vested Dancer,” an ivory, bronze and onyx figure by Demetre H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) is offered with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000, and modern sculpture pieces “Folklore No. 2” by Antonio Grediaga Kieff (Spanish, B. 1936) and a patinated bronze of three figures by Philippe Jamin (French, 20th/21st century) marked “AP” are also offered.

Sunday’s auction will conclude with clocks and lighting. Lighting is set to offer several lots of Gone with the Wind lamps, including an example by Bradley & Hubbard, as well as Victorian banquet and piano lamps. Of note is a large pair of Italian figural alabaster lamps signed “G. Mascogni.” Each portraying a lady holding flowers, the pair is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000. A highlight among clocks is a bronze chinoiserie mantel clock retailed by J.E. Caldwell. Decorated in the Asian taste with figures of courtiers in relief and a pagoda form case, the clock is estimated at $750 to $1,500.

A full online catalog of the two day auction will be available by visiting Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at or by calling 717-731-8662.

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