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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Offering an impressive array of art from prints, paintings and sculpture, as well as exquisite samples of lighting and fine jewelry, the Spring Fine and Decorative Arts Auction Saturday, May 22, at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals promises an exciting and notable event for collectors.

“Our Spring Fine and Decorative Arts Auction is always a highlight of the year here at Cordier,” Melanie Hartman, Cordier’s Director of Catalog & Specialty Auctions, said. “I am very excited to see what surprises May 22 might bring.”

One highlight of the art selection is a large example by Severin Roesen (1816-1872), Hartman said. Born in Prussia, Roesen spent the last twenty years of his life in rural Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Huntingdon and Williamsport. His catalog is filled with detailed still-lifes. The one at auction is unusual for its large size (30" high x 40" wide not including frame). It carries a pre-auction estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Severin Roesen

Still life by Severin Roesen carries a pre-auction estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Originally a porcelain painter, Roesen came to New York around 1848, possibly as a result of political upheavals in his native Germany. His lavish, highly detailed still-lifes celebrate nature’s bounty while showcasing his technical virtuosity. Such depictions of abundance reflected the era’s increasing availability and variety of fruit, the result of improvements in cultivation and transportation.

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In addition to art, Hartman points to a number of beautiful examples of lighting. Her favorite: a Tiffany desk lamp (model 552) in Grapevine pattern, which came from a local estate. Pre-auction estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Tiffany desk lamp

Tiffany desk lamp (model 552) in Grapevine pattern.

Not to be overlooked, the auction includes a favorite category of Hartman’s: jewelry. Cordier is offering a number of lots of beautiful jewelry from Victorian through modern eras. Highlighting the category is a 3.62 CTW (carat total weight) three-stone diamond platinum ring Hartman calls “a real stunner.” It carries a pre-auction estimate of $12,000-$16,0000.

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A 3.62 CTW three-stone diamond platinum ring carries a pre-auction estimate of $12,000-$16,0000.

The Spring Fine and Decorative Arts Auction Saturday, May 22, is online only at and The link to the auction is also available at For more information, call 717-731-8662 or email


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