A monumental American brilliant cut glass vase sold for $23,000 at Cordier Auction & Appraisals’ Fall Two Day Antique & Fine Art Auction on November 8 and 9, 2014. Other highlights included the sculpture Clarissa by William Zorach (American, 1887-1966) which sold for $9,100 and a painting by Albert Francis King (American, 1854-1945) which sold for $7,500. The 1,003 lot auction was held at Cordier’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.
The multi-consigner sale featured items from more than 150 consigners including décor from the estate of renowned Harrisburg decorator Ronald Shepler. More than two hundred people were in attendance over the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders while more than 2,500 bidders were pre-registered to bid over the internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices.
Saturday’s sale offered Coins, Silver, Jewelry, Collectibles, and Glass. The auction opened with more than 100 lots of gold coins, both American and foreign (from numerous countries). Highlights included multiple $50.00 1 ounce gold American eagles that hammered at $1,300 each as well as Canadian $50 1 ounce .9999 gold coins and Austrian 1 ounce gold schillings that hammered at $1,100 each. A 1947 Mexican 50 pesos 37.5 gram gold coin sold for $1,300.
In ephemera, a two volume set of the personal memoirs of U.S. Grant signed with inscription by Julia Grant brought $800 from an internet bidder. Framed Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth Cut Signatures with photos sold for $650. Collectibles offered several notable items including a 1926 Markneukirchen violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth that sold to a phone bidder for $3,300. One lot that brought spirited bidding was an 8 foot long neon “Marty’s” hot dog sign from the 1950’s, which sold to the internet for $800 on a $250-500 estimate.
Silver lots featured a 4 Pc Barker Bros English sterling tea/coffee set that sold to the floor for $1,300. An Ottoman Empire Turkish silver pen case & inkwell captured attention, selling online for $1,500. Amongst numerous sets of flatware were 108 pieces of Gorham Etruscan sterling that hammered down at $1,100.
In jewelry, all eyes were on an elegant 18K plique a jour angel brooch that sold to the floor for $2,000 after enthusiastic bidding. Other lots of interest were a David Yurman necklace & bracelet that sold for $1,200 on a $600-900 estimate and a Deco diamond, sapphire & platinum wristwatch which brought $2,200. There were a number of items for the gents as well, including a man's 1.02 carat ruby & 2.02 ctw diamond ring that sold for $3,700.
The stand out lot of the day was a monumental American brilliant cut glass vase in the Waldorf (aka the Quatrefoil Rosette ) pattern by Clark. Standing 18 ½ inches tall, the vase opened to an online bidder at $1,100. Bidding between the internet and multiple phone bidders progressed rapidly, until a floor bidder entered the fray at $18,000. That floor bidder was the victor at a final hammer price of $23,000. Other glass of note was a Lalique Chrysalide Fairy figurine which sold for $600 and a Steuben
Excalibur Paperweight with sterling letter opener which sold online for $2,000.
Sunday's session featured furniture, Asian arts, decorative arts, art, clocks, and lighting. The day began with furniture. A magnificent E.J. Victor Loius XV style dining room set saw heavy bidding from floor bidders and hammered down at $5,000. A set of eight Needlepoint Back Dining Chairs from Eleanor Allen and the Late Heath Allen of Camp Hill brought $2,200. More than fifty lots of rugs were also offered, including an antique Persian Heriz room sized rug that sold for $1,400.
In Asian arts, a large ivory Buddha head vessel went to an internet buyer for $1,700 on an estimate of $1,000-1,500. A framed Chinese calligraphy brought $850, and a unique Chinese cloisonné garden turtle was won for $550. Amongst the decorative arts was a southern folk art signed stool that sold to the internet for $550.
A fine selection of pieces were offered in the art category. A monumental oil on canvas after Rubens was sold to a floor bidder for $4,200. A large Peter Max (American, 1937) entitled Angel with Heart Version II #7 sold for $6,000. Multiple paintings by T.M. Nicholas (American, B. 1963) brought enthusiastic bidding online, on the floor, and on the phones, including Along the Annisquam River ($4,800), and Port Clyde Harbor, ME which sold for $4,300. Multiple phone and floor bidders also tussled over a still life by Albert Francis King (American, 1854-1945), which sold to a phone bidder for $7,500. A river landscape by Eugene Alonzo Poole (American, 1984-1912) was won for $5,500. In sculpture, the magnificent Clarissa by William Zorach (American, 1887-1966) sold for $9,100, and a Romain (Erte) DeTirtoff (Russia/France, 1892-1990) bronze of an angel sold for $3,500.
Sunday concluded with clocks and lighting, the highlight of which was an Inlaid 5 Tube Tall Case Clock circa 1910 which sold to the room after heavy bidding for $4,300.