Cordier Auctions holding first fine antiques auction at new Pennsylvania facility this week

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This 1.83 carat VVS2 diamond solitaire with side diamonds is estimated to bring $5,000 to $10,000. All photos courtesy Cordier Auctions.This 1.83 carat VVS2 diamond solitaire with side diamonds is estimated to bring $5,000 to $10,000. All photos courtesy Cordier Auctions.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Cordier Auctions & Appraisals will be holding their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art auction in their new facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 5 and 6. The 12,000 square foot facility, located at 1500 Paxton Street, will house the company’s salesroom, offices and storage facility.

The Nov. 5-6, 2011 sale includes more than 675 lots, including a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard, two Baccarat chandeliers, and a circa 1919 Cartier diamond wristwatch in addition to a collection of US & English coins, silver, jewelry, furniture, and fine, Asian, and decorative arts.

The Nov. 5 portion of the sale is slated to offer coins, collectibles, jewelry, and silver.  A collection of 90 plus lots of high grade US and English coins will start the auction.  Highlights of English coinage include a 1658 Cromwell crown, 1695 William III crown and a 1687 James II crown.  Among US coins will be 37 gold pieces including a 1911-D Indian $2.50 quarter eagle and 1904-S and 1927 Liberty head $20 double eagles.

A small Chinese longevity bowl, Tongzhi period, is expected to bring $200 to $400.A small Chinese longevity bowl, Tongzhi period, is expected to bring $200 to $400.

Among collectibles will be a 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates team signed ball and a framed display of 1961 New York Yankees team signatures, both with JSA letters of authenticity.  Several lots of phonographs and roller organs will be offered as will a fine 19th century tin trade sign for a book printer (estimate $500 to $1,000).  Among toys will be a Marx Ring-a-Ling Circus and a 19th century Black Americana jigger toy.

This 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000 at auction.This 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000 at auction.

More than 75 lots of silver will be offered including tea sets, flatware sets, pitchers, boxes and more by such companies as Tiffany, Stieff, Kirk, Gorham, and Towle among others.  Highlights include two large seven piece tea sets by William Durgin and Reed & Barton as well as a large parcel gilt and sterling silver nef.  Of note is an 18th century American silver tankard attributed to Joseph Richardson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 1770 to 1780.

Saturday’s session will conclude with fine jewelry and watches.  Among diamond jewelry is a 1.83 carat VVS2 diamond solitaire set in platinum with side diamonds (estimate $5,000 to $10,000) and a 3.14 ctw French diamond and platinum bracelet (estimate $2,500 to $4,500).  Several diamond wristwatches will be offered including a lady’s Art Deco Cartier wristwatch circa 1919 (estimate $5,000 to $7,000). A Vacheron and Constantin 18K gold pocket watch (estimate $800 to $1,000) is a highlight among several gold pocket watches to be offered.

This large, 48-light Baccarat Zenith chandelier could sell for between $25,000 and $50,000.This large, 48-light Baccarat Zenith chandelier could sell for between $25,000 and $50,000.

Sunday’s session will include furniture and rugs, clocks, lighting and fine, Asian and decorative arts.  Furniture will offer several American period cased pieces including a diminutive Pennsylvania Hepplewhite chest of drawers.  Other pieces of note include a large Victorian over mantle mirror, an Italian secretary desk and an inlaid table attributed to Herter.  Several pieces of fine Middle Eastern inlaid chests and seating will also be offered.

A key lot of the sale will be a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard.  Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, the tankard features carving of Bacchanalia with a figural handle and lid surmounted by putti. Other highlights in decorative arts will be Sevres urns and a 1746 Oxford Furnace, New Jersey cast iron fireback (estimate $1,000 to $2,000).

The Nov. 6 sale will feature more than 70 lots of Asian arts including palace sized Rose Medallion vases and fishbowls, Chinese Export, ivory, cloisonné, Satsuma, moriage, and more.  Of note is a Chinese Qing Dynasty wucai dragon jar and a small Tongzhi longevity bowl.  An early Chinese miniature coromandel screen will be offered as will a cased pair of famille jaune eggshell vases and a pair of Chinese enameled wine ewers.

This Durgin sterling tea set is estimated to sell for between $9,500 and$18,000.This Durgin sterling tea set is estimated to sell for between $9,500 and $18,000.
A pair of Chinese famille jaune eggshell vases may sell for between $4,000 and $6,000.A pair of Chinese famille jaune eggshell vases may sell for between $4,000 and $6,000.

The Nov. 6 portion of the auction will conclude with fine art including paintings, bronzes, prints and photography.  Among paintings is a fine miniature on ivory painting depicting Columbus on his ship holding a map.  Signed “A. Horn”, the painting is estimated at $1,500 to $3,000.  Another highlight is an oil on canvas entitled “Bright Gloucester Morning” by Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978).  Art will include several lots of fashion photography from the estate of a Harper’s Bazaar employee including photographs by Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004) and Andrew Kertesz (American, 1894-1985).

Sunday’s auction will conclude with clocks and lighting.  A key lot in clocks will be a Hamilton Model 22 cased chronometer (estimate $800 to $1,200) while lighting will offer two large Baccarat Zenith chandeliers, a 36 light estimated at $15,000 to $30,000 and a 48 light estimated at $25,000 to $50,000.

A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available at Cordier Auctions.

The sale is a milestone for Cordier. The firm had been in the antiques business for over 30 years before staff began conducting auctions about six years ago. Cordier Auctions holds auctions with a focus on art and antiques, firearms, coins and jewelry, estates, and real estate.  They will continue to maintain offices in Camp Hill.

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