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Old World Meets New School at Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction

February 10, 2017
John Cocteau’s “Picasso de 1916 a 1961” will be among the top lots at Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction. The sale will be held on February 11 at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg,

Pennsylvania and will also include American and Continental furniture, sterling, fine clocks, and more. Previews for the sale will be held on Friday, February 10 from 10 AM until 4 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM through the auction.

 

The Picasso portfolio features a colophon signed by both Cocteau and Picasso and is expected to bring between $4,000 and $6,000. Other artwork to be sold includes a finely cast bronze by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (est $5,000 - $7,000). A Violet Oakley sketch entitled “The Spirit of Ministry” (est $2,000 - $3,000) will also cross the block. The study is one of two Christmas images made for Century Magazine in 1903.

 

Also featured in this sale will be a massive 204 ozt sterling tray from Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of London circa 1904 (est $3,000 - $4,000). Jewelry will include a 2.2 carat old mine cut diamond solitaire ring (est $3,000 - $5,000) as well as an antique citrine bracelet (est $600 - $800). Watches will feature a beautiful 18k and gemstone Bucherer ball watch, and 13 vintage wristwatches including a Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust (est $1,500 - $2,500).

 

The wide array of collectibles to be offered in this sale will include an antique fire pumper toy (est $3,000 - $5,000) and a Leica camera outfit (est $3,000 - $5,000). A beautiful 1893 Rookwood sterling overlay vase signed by artist John Dibowski will also come before bidders (est $2,000 - $2,500). In ethnographic items, a Sioux child’s beaded vest with American flags (est $3,000 - $5,000) stands out among a fine collection of baskets, beaded moccasins, and pottery.

 

American and Continental furniture will also be presented in this one day auction, a category which includes a Victorian marble top table (est $800 - $1,000) as well as a beautiful French marquetry sideboard (est $500 - $1,000) and a Victorian dental cabinet. A series of handsome clocks will feature a Jacob and Bernard Hendel tall case clock (est $4,000 - $6,000) from Carlisle PA, which dates back to the early 1800’s. A Seth Thomas parlor calendar shelf clock #9 (est $1,000 - $1,200) and a Royal Vienna porcelain shelf clock (est $1,000 - $2,000) will also be offered.

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HACC Auctioneering Program at Cordier Auctions

January 20, 2017
Click through for a link to a post about Cordier Auction's partnership with the HACC Auctioneering program.

Diamonds and Gold Captivate Bidders at Cordier’s December 3 Jewelry Auction

December 26, 2016
A beautiful white and cognac diamond pendant won top lot at Cordier’s December 3 Fine Jewelry and Sterling Auction, hammering down at $14,000 after enthusiastic bidding. The sale featured over 200 lots of fine and designer jewelry as well as sterling silver flatware and hollowware.

Bidders responded eagerly to the diamond and gold offerings, with a 14k 2.27 carat diamond ring selling for $7,000, and a 14k white gold and 3.48 ctw diamond bracelet bringing $4,000.

 

A marked 14k Dudley Masonic pocket watch also attracted attention, finally selling for $4,600.

 

In sterling, a beautiful 64 piece set of Stieff Rose Repousse flatware sold for $1,300 to become the best performing silver lot of the auction.

 

Prices quoted are hammer prices.

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Susquehannock Artifacts from York County Sell for Over $100,000 at Cordier Auctions

December 9, 2016
A collection of Native American artifacts from the estate of Donald Leibhart, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, sold for over $100,000 at Cordier’s Fall Catalog Auction, held in November of 2016.

The Leibharts are arguably the most famous family in collecting early York County Susquehannock artifacts. Beginning as early as 1929, two brothers—Oscar and Byrd Leibhart—began digging for Native American artifacts at sites in York County, PA.

 

This tradition continued with Oscar’s son—Donald Leibhart.  Donald, a veteran of World War II, died at the age of 96 in June of 2016.

 

The items in the collection were excavated in the 1950’s from what is believed to have been a village of approximately 1,200 Susquehannocks living in Wrightsville, York County, PA.

 

The top lot of the auction was a unique carved banded slate figure or birdstone in the form of a bird with large eyes, which sold for $22,400 to a floor bidder after heavy competition. A Washington Boro incised pot was the second-highest performing lot of the collection, landing at $7,000.

 

A number of interesting pipes also attracted attention, with a bear form stone and pewter pipe bringing $7,000. A Serpentine pipe stem, expected to bring up to $200, eventually sold for $5,900. Pipes were highly prized among the Susquehannock and were used in trading both with other tribes and Europeans.  

 

The collection also included many examples of trade beads produced in Europe for export to the colonies and used to trade with Native Americans. A selection of rare examples sold for $4,300, while a grouping of four strands of trade beads brought $2,300.

 

The collection was offered as part of Cordier’s two-day Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction. The highly anticipated sale attracted bidders from across the country, including numerous museums and private collectors. Prices quoted are rounded down and include a buyer’s premium.

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Cordier Auctions December Firearms Auction to Feature Antique Colts

November 21, 2016
Beautiful engraving gleams on the 1851 Colt ($2,000 - $4,000), but unfortunately the history of its owner does not shine as bright.

The firearm belonged to Governor Charles L. Robinson, who rose to become the first governor of Kansas in 1861, but also became the first and only governor in that state’s history to be impeached. The historic handgun is just one among many that will be sold in Cordier’s Winter Firearms Auction on Sunday, December 4 in Harrisburg, PA.

Among the other antique handguns, collectors will find another engraved Colt, this a First Generation SA Revolver in .45 Long Colt with a factory letter as to its authenticity ($4,000 - $5,000). Military handguns will also cross the block, including a striking Walther “Z” marked Kampfpistole grenade launcher ($1,000 - $1,200), as well as a Remington Rand 1911A1 pistol in .45 auto ($1,000 - $1,500).

Fine antique and military long guns, including an antique English Blunderbuss ($600-$900), a Spencer repeating rifle in .52 caliber ($1,200 - $1,800), and a Sharps M1859 Military Rifle in .52 caliber ($1,500 - $2,000), are also sure to draw attention from bidders. Military long guns will feature a Springfield Armory M-1 Garand ($800 - $1,000) and a Winchester M-1 Carbine ($800 - $1,000).

Military collectors will find items from the 18th Century and the Civil War, as well as American, German, and Japanese items. Highlights will include the Home Service helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge, 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ($800 - $1,200). Edged weapons will also be offered, among which a Japanese WWII era Samurai sword with a signed tang is a stand out lot ($800 - $1,000).

Bidders will also be able to compete on a full range of modern hand and long guns, which will feature a Colt Anaconda revolver in .44 Magnum ($1,200 - $1,800) and a Winchester Model 71 Deluxe rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). A beautifully engraved Francotte Belgian Classic Double SxS shotgun ($800 - $1,200) will also cross the block.

Deaccession items from the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, PA, will also be featured in this auction and include seized roulette wheels and slot machines, uniforms, and a four foot tall educational Trooper Robot.

Mid-Century Collection of the Late Pauline Rallis, State College, To Be Sold in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction

November 5, 2016
The estate collection of Pauline Rallis of State College, Pennsylvania, will be offered for sale on November 12 and 13

in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

The striking mid-century modern furniture decorated the late Pauline Rallis’ home on Fairwood Lane in State College. Anthony S. Pierce, a New Jersey-based architect and then-recent graduate of Penn State University, advised her as she built her collection throughout the early 1970’s.

 

In bright colors and bold modern designs, Mid-Century Modern furniture has recently surged in popularity among collectors. Items from Rallis’ estate include highly sought-after Bertoia diamond chairs, Saarinen tulip chairs and tables, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Bill Stephens bentwood chairs.

 

Rallis was a Pennsylvania native who moved to State College in 1954, where she met her husband, Christos Rallis. The two ran the restaurant “Christies” together until it closed in the late 1950’s, after which time she began a long career in real estate. She retired from the Sidney Friedman Real Estate Group in 2009, after 44 years in the industry.

 

A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available by visiting www.CordierAuction.com.  Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at arundle@cordierauction.com or by calling 717-731-8662.

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Local Cybis Porcelain Sculptor’s Personal Collection Go to Auction at Cordier

November 4, 2016
From 1964 to 1990, Pennsylvania artist Lynn Klockner Brown sculpted masterpieces for Cybis Porcelain

which were given as gifts of State and exhibited in museums around the world. Now, the artist’s personal creations from her private collection are scheduled to cross the auction block in Cordier Auction’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held on November 12 and 13 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Brown, born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, credits the animals that surrounded her in childhood as a source of early inspiration. Later in life, she became a licensed thoroughbred trainer, and spent years raising horses as well as foxes. Her love of nature continued to show itself in her artwork, which also included mythological and historic themes.

 

The pieces to be offered were all sculpted by the artist at the Cybis company’s Trenton, New Jersey Studio, and include an artist proof of “Satin,” a decorated horsehead on a wooden base, which is expected to bring between $500 and $800.

 

Other highlights include “Lady Godiva” from Cybis’ Portraits in Porcelain Series (est $400 - $500) and the sculpted unicorn entitled “Prince Brocade” (est $500 - $600).  

 

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HACC STUDENT AUCTION TO BE HELD AT CORDIER NOVEMBER 20

November 3, 2016
The current HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, auctioneering class, instructed by Charlene Caple,

will hold their Student Auction November 20 at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, PA.  Students from all over the state and one from New York City are currently enrolled in HACC’s Auctioneering program. 

 

The student auction is the climax of the semester, providing students with experience in all facets of auction operation.  Students had their first experience on the auction block selling apple pies at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville, PA in October. 

 

On November 20th the class will be selling a variety of items collected by students for the occasion. Lots include a signed print depicting West Nickel Mines Amish School entitled “Happier Days” by Elsie Beiler, the proceeds of which will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, as well as proof prints of the Patriot News, coins, cast iron, minerals and jewelry, and much more. David Cordier, founder/owner of Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, is an alumnus of the HACC Auctioneering program.

 

The auction, which is open to the public, will be held at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.  The preview begins at 10 am and the auction begins at 11 AM. 

Cordier Auctions to Sell Rare Collection of York County Susquehannock Artifacts

November 1, 2016
Cordier Auctions of Harrisburg, PA, is pleased to announce the sale on Sunday, November 13 of the Donald Leibhart Collection of Susquehannock Artifacts.

The important collection dates from approximately 1660 to 1675 and includes Native American made and European trade goods.

 

The Leibharts are arguably the most famous family in collecting early York County Susquehannock artifacts. Beginning as early as 1929, two brothers—Oscar and Byrd Leibhart—began digging for artifacts at sites in York County, PA.

 

This tradition continued with Oscar’s son—Donald Leibhart—whose collection Cordier Auctions is now offering for the first time for sale to the public.  Donald, a veteran of World War II, died at the age of 96 in June of 2016.

 

The family’s finds have been documented in such books as Barry Kent’s Susquehanna’s Indians1, which details one burial pit Donald Leibhart excavated that yielded numerous complete pieces. Kent writes “This unusual burial, together with the rather abundant interior-exterior cord-marked pottery scattered over the site is ample evidence of the significant Early Woodland occupation there.”


The items in the collection were excavated in the 1950’s from what is believed to have been a village of approximately 1200 Susquehannock living near Long Level in York County. Items of particular interest include more than a dozen examples of extremely rare cooking pots.  While fragments of these pots survive in abundance, finding complete or nearly complete examples is extremely uncommon.

 

Also of note is a possibly unique carved banded slate figure or birdstone in the form of a bird with large eyes, as well as numerous pottery and stone smoking pipes. Pipes were among the most highly prized items among the Susquehannock.

 

The collection also includes many examples of raretrade beads produced in Europe for export to the colonies and used to trade with Native Americans.

 

“This is one of the most significant collections of Susquehannock artifacts to come on the market in decades,” says David Cordier, of Cordier Auctions. “The pieces in this collection have been known to historians, archaeologists and collectors for decades but this is the first time that they will be offered at an un-reserved sale.”

 

The Susquehannock are first thought to have arrived in the Susquehanna River Valley sometime in the 1500s.  Although their settlements were spread out over much of the region, their villages were highly concentrated in both York and Lancaster Counties. Captain John Smith, the English explorer, first encountered the tribe near the mouth of the Susquehanna River at Have de Grace (Maryland) where he is thought to have named them after the river.  The Susquehannock flourished in the region until the 1670s when they were defeated in battle and ultimately absorbed into other tribes.

 

The collection will be offered as part of Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held over the course of two days on November 12 and 13 in their auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg. The Leibhart Collection will start the second day of the sale, with bidding opening at 10 AM on November 13. Bidders are invited to preview the collection at Cordier’s auction house on Friday, November 11, from 2 PM to 6 PM, and beginning at 8 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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1Susquehanna’s Indians, Anthropological Series Number 6; Barry Kent; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 2001.

Gold and Bold Offerings at Cordier's Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction

October 27, 2016
Virtually untouched since it was minted over 120 years ago, an 1888 $3 Princess Head Gold Coin graded by the PCGS at MS66

and estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 will be among the top lots of Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction. The sale will be held at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and will also include Royal Bayreuth and Cybis collections as well as stunning examples of Mid-Century Modern Furniture.

 

The 1888 coin is one of 18 PCGS and NGC graded gold coins, which will also include an 1855 PCGS MS64 $1 Princess Head Type 2 (est $5,000 - $10,000). Jewelry is highlighted by a 14K diamond encrusted bracelet watch (est $1,000 - $1,500) and an 18K diamond and sapphire necklace and bracelet set (est $3,000 - $6,000).  

 

Day one will also feature over five sterling flatware sets including Stieff Forget Me Not and Rose, Wallace Grand Baroque, Gorham Buttercup, and Oneida Heiress, as well as an impressive 111 piece Mappin and Webb silverplate set in an oak chest (est $800 - $1,200). Fitting with the glamour and sparkle of the day, over 100 pieces of a single-owner Swarovski collection will also cross the block. A 1998 limited edition peacock (est $1,000 - $2,000) is one of the highlights.

 

Day Two of the auction will start with the Donald Leibhart estate collection of Suquehannock Indian artifacts, including pipes, pots, and beads that were found on his farm near Wrightsville, PA, in the 1950’s. Of note are an Ohio pop eye birdstone (est $500 - $1,000), as well as Susquehannock snake and animal effigy pipes (est $250 - $500 each).

 

The two day sale also features a number of porcelain and pottery pieces, featuring a Royal Bayreuth collection which includes a leopard creamer (est $1,000 - $2,000) and a mouse water pitcher (est $500 - $800). Porcelain will also include Cybis figurines from the private collection of a former Cybis sculpture artist; each whimsical offering is expected to sell for between $200 and $300. A puzzle mug by George Ohr, the self-titled Mad Potter of Biloxi considered by many to be the godfather of American pottery, is expected to bring $500 to $1,000.

 

In bright colors and bold modern designs, Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories will strike an impressive figure on the auction block during the second day of the sale. Furniture features Bertoia diamond chairs, Saarinen tulip chairs and tables, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, Bill Stevens bentwood chairs, and more. The majority of the pieces come from the Estate of Pauline Rallis of State College, PA.

Lighting will include an Anders Pehrson Bumling hanging lamp (est $500 - $700) and a Sonneman table lamp. A Moe Bridges scenic reverse painted lamp will also light up the bidding on day two, estimated to bring between $1,000 to $2,000.

 

Art will be headlined by a large and beautiful painting by the Iranian artist Nasser Ovissi (est $10,000 - $20,000) as well as four paintings by iconic Pennsylvania Dutch folk artist David Ellinger, including “Down Oley Way” (est $1,500 - $2,500). Other paintings include works by Edmund Darch Lewis, William Preston Phelps, Antonio Gargiullo, and a Barbizon School scene by French artist Aimee Perret.

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