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Cordier to Offer Magnificent Harrisburg Estate at Auction

March 31, 2016

Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg will present fine furnishings, decorative, and fine art from a magnificent Harrisburg estate. The online auction will run from April 1st through April 9th. Featured lots include a Steinway grand piano, a 19th century Amaranth Brunswick-Balke-Collender pool table and paintings and prints by artists including Peter Max.

The auction of the contents of the premier regional home is due to the owners’ relocation and significant downsizing. Private previews of the lots will be conducted by appointment only at the 15,000 square foot residence. In addition to the circa 1892 model A fully restored Steinway grand piano and the fully restored 19th century eight foot Amaranth Brunswicke-Balke-Collender pool table, offerings will include designer furniture, rugs, antiques, accessories, and lighting. Also offered will be original artwork and prints from artists including Peter Max and Yossi Stern. Appliances from manufacturers such as Wolf and Jennaire will also be available.

  

Premeire Regional Home

Premeire Regional Home

Pool Table

19th C Pool Table
  

1892 Model A Steinway

1892 Steinway Model A

Luxury

Luxury Furnishings and Accessories
  

Luxury

Luxury Furnishings and Accessories
Peter
Peter Max

Tiffany Lamp Enlightens Cordier’s Winter Auction

March 15, 2016

Cordier Auctions’ first catalog auction in 2016 offered an illuminating array of treasures including the top lot, a Tiffany Studios Grapevine Lamp with Lily Pad Base that sold for $24,000, a 4.78 carat ruby and diamond ring at $13,000, and a Mughal jade hilted Khanjar dagger that was hammered down at $12,000, among other lots. The February 20-21 sale was held in Harrisburg, PA.  Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Day one opened with coins and jewelry.  Early in the auction, an 1801 $10 Capped Bust Heraldic Eagle PCGS AU was awarded to a floor bidder for $6,000.  In jewelry, Art Deco remains popular with a 3.60 ctw diamond and sapphire bracelet selling for $2,400 and a 1.50 ctw diamond and sapphire bow brooch bringing $1,800.  A 4.78 carat ruby ring with diamonds sold for $13,000 after spirited bidding.  In decorative arts, a Venini Pezzato vase by Fulvio Bianconi ($4,600) and a pair of figural vases by Georges Jouve ($4,200) both drew interest from the phones and internet before being awarded online to collectors in West Palm Beach, Florida and Andresy, France, respectively.

On day two, the top lot of the auction, a Tiffany Studios Grapevine Lamp with Lily Pad base, drew enthusiastic bidding from the phone, internet, and floor before hammering down to a phone bidder for $24,000.  In the fine art category, highlights were from a prominent King’s Point, NY estate:  A bronze sculpture of Venus by F. A. Gadaix (Dutch, 19th century) sold for $4,200 and a watercolor by Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956) sold for $3,400 while a portrait by David Burliuk (Russian-American, 1882-1967) sold for $2,400.

The auction concluded with Ethnographic and Asian art.  A Mughal jade hilted Khanjar dagger sold for $12,000 to an online bidder from the Philadelphia area after heavy bidding.  An 18th century Ketland & Co. Indian trade musket hammered to a collector in the room for $6,000 after a lengthy battle with an internet bidder.  Items from the collection of Saul and Florence Putterman of Sarasota, Florida included numerous pieces originally purchased from the Segy Gallery in New York more than thirty years ago.  A Bakota Mbulu Ngulu tomb figure from Gabon brought $1,900, a Dogon Tellem figure sold for $1,700, and a Northwest Coast Kwakiutl Raven mask sold for $1,500.

 

Tiffany Lamp with Grapevine Shade and Lily Pad Base ($24,000)
Tiffany Lamp
($24,000)
4.78 Carat Ruby and Diamond Ring ($13,000)
4.78 Carat Ruby Ring
($13,000)
18th C Ketland & Co Trade Musket ($6,000)
18th C Ketland & Co Trade
($6,000)
1801 Capped Bust $10 Gold ($6,000)
1801 Capped Bust $10 Gold
($6,000)
Bakota Mbulu Ngulu Tomb Figure ($1,900)
Bakota Mbulu Ngulu Figure
($1,900)
Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956) ($3,400)
Marie Laurencin
(French, 1883-1956)
($3,400)
Mughal Jade Hilted Khanjar Dagger $12,000)
Mughal Jade Hilted Dagger
$12,000)
Northwast Coast Kwakiutl Hamatsu Raven Mask ($1,500)
Kwakiutl Hamatsu Raven Mask
($1,500)
 
Pair of Figural Vases by Georges Jouve ($4,200)
Vases by Georges Jouve
($4,200)
Venini Pezzatto Vase by Fulvio Bianconi ($4,600)
Venini Pezzatto Vase
($4,600)
 

Cordier Auctions Hosts Business After Hours with Record Number of Attendees

March 11, 2016

On Thursday, February 18 Cordier Auctions hosted the monthly Business After Hours event in conjunction with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.  A record number of 137 individuals attended the event, which was held at Cordier’s auction house in Harrisburg.  The event featured a special sneak preview of Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction.

In addition to the special early preview of the 853 lot auction, the event featured contests with prizes.  The popular “Guess the Value” contest asked entrants to guess the auction value of a green marble bust of a woman by P. Costagli (Italian, C. 1958).  The winner of a $100 gift card to 1700 Degrees Steakhouse was Dave Heffron of Coldwell Banker, who guessed closest to the $1,000 auction value.  A second contest challenged attendees to post photos of the event to Facebook and Twitter.  Keith Lauver of BioGuard, Inc. was the winner of a $100 gift card to the Millworks.

Business After Hours are monthly informal networking events for members and guests of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC. The mission of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is to be a catalyst for policy change, job creation and business growth in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties that enhances the quality of life in our region.  More information may be found HERE.  To see a slideshow of the event prepared by Journal Media, click HERE.

 

David Black, president and CEO of the chamber and CREDC, left, with host David Cordier, president and CEO of the Harrisburg auction house, welcome chamber members and guests
David Black, president and CEO of the chamber
and CREDC, left, with host David Cordier,
president and CEO of the Harrisburg auction house,
welcome chamber members and guests.
Photo Amy Spangler, Journal Publications
Ed Rowe, left, of Cordier Auctions and Appraisals visits with Dennis and Kim Williams of Columbia County. Auctioneer Kim Williams, of Kim's Auction Service, is president-elect of the Pa. Auction Association.  Photo Amy Spangler
Ed Rowe, left, of Cordier Auctions and Appraisals
visits with Dennis and Kim Williams of Columbia County.
Auctioneer Kim Williams, of Kim's Auction Service,
is president-elect of the Pa. Auction Association. 
Photo Amy Spangler, Journal Publications
Sarah Kramer of WHTM-TV abc27 and Charles Oakes of Transamerica
Sarah Kramer of WHTM-TV abc27 and
Charles Oakes of Transamerica.
Photo Amy Spangler, Journal Publications
Attendees entereing the guess the value contest
Attendees entering the guess the value contest.
Attendees pose for photos with upcoming auction items
Attendees pose for photos with
upcoming auction items.
Attendees enjoying the Business After Hours
Attendees enjoying the Business After Hours.

Cordier Lines up Colts, Winchesters, and Pennsylvania Long Rifles for Spring Firearms and Militaria Auction

March 10, 2016

Cordier’s Spring Firearms and Militaria Auction on March 20 will offer a selection of Colts and Winchesters as well as more than a dozen Pennsylvania Long rifles.  Other items coming to the block will include collectibles from the Civil War through the World War II.  The sale will be held at Cordier’s auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg.

The sale will offer antique, military, and modern handguns and long guns, edged weapons, military collectibles, and related art.  Among the antique handguns, collectors will find multiple Colt revolvers including an 1849 Pocket revolver ($600-900), an 1862 Police revolver ($600-900), and an 1860 Army revolver ($1,500-2,000).  More Colts will be featured among the modern handguns, including two six inch Pythons, one in blued and one in stainless ($1,500-2,000 each) and a New Service in .455 Eley caliber ($500-800).

Over a dozen Pennsylvania Long rifles will be offered, including a Perry County William Sweger ($1,000-2,000).  Other long guns are highlighted by popular Winchesters such as a Model 1886 rifle in .38-56 caliber ($2,500-3,500) and a model 1894 with an octagonal to round barrel in a take down format ($800-1,200).

Military collectors will find items from the Civil War, World War I and World War II including a WWII US A-2 Flight Jacket ($1,500-2,000), a German medical officer’s tunic ($600-900) and a pair of 8x60 U-Boat binoculars ($2,000-2,500).  Also offered will be a Civil War engineer’s kepi ($400-600) and a Civil War Confederate cap box ($500-700).  In edged weapons, bidders will find a WWII German police sword ($400-700) and a WWI Era US Model 1917 trench knife ($300-500).

 

Civil War Era Engineer's Kepi ($400-$600)
Civil War Era Engineer's Kepi
($400-$600)
Colt Python Revolver ($1,500-2,000)
Colt Python Revolver
($1,500-2,000)
W. Sweger Kentucky Rifle, Perry County ($1,000-2,000)
W. Sweger Perry County Long Rifle
($1,000-2,000)
Top to Bottom Colt 1860 Army Revolver ($2,000-2,500), Colt 1862 Police Revolver ($600-900), Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver ($600-900)
Top to Bottom:
Colt 1860 Army Revolver
($2,000-2,500)
Colt 1862 Police Revolver
($600-900)
Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver
($600-900)
World War II US A-2 Flight Jacket ($1,500-2,000)
World War II US A-2 Flight Jacket
($1,500-2,000)
WWII Era German Police Sword ($400-$700)
WWII Era German Police Sword
($400-$700)

Private Preview of Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction

February 18, 2016
 
Invitation

Tiffany Lamp

Exciting contests at the event!


Guess the Value

Guess the value of an exciting artifact that will be offered in a future auction. Guess closest to the estimated auction value. Win a $100 gift card to 1700 Degrees Steak House at the Harrisburg Hilton!

Social Media Contest

Post a photo from the event to Facebook or Twitter. Tag Cordier Auctions in your post. Be the randomly chosen poster to win a $100 gift card to The Millworks restaurant and art gallery!


Please RSVP By Monday, February 15 to mhartman@cordierauction.com or 717-731-8662. You may also register online by clicking HERE.

Cordier’s Winter Auction to Feature Tiffany Lamp and a Collection of Ethnographic and Modern Art

February 2, 2016

Cordier’s February 20 and 21 Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is to feature a rare Tiffany Grapevine table lamp with Lily Pad base (estimate $8,000-12,000), the Saul and Florence Putterman collection of modern and ethnographic art, and fine furnishings and art from a King’s Point, New York estate.

 

Cordier’s February 20 and 21 Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is to feature a rare Tiffany Grapevine table lamp with Lily Pad base (estimate $8,000-12,000), the Saul and Florence Putterman collection of modern and ethnographic art, and fine furnishings and art from a King’s Point, New York estate.

 

The collection of Saul and Florence Putterman of Sarasota, Florida is highlighted by a Northwest Coast Kwakiutl Hamatsu Raven mask ($3,000-5,000) and a ceremonial face mask from Guranshi, Ghana ($2,000-4,000), both of which were purchased at the Segy Gallery in New York over thirty years ago.  Also featured will be a colored lithograph printer’s proof by Shusaku Arakawa (Japanese 1936-2010) from The Mechanism of Meaning ($1,000-3,000) as well as a two-paneled sculpture by Florence Putterman entitled “Totems” that was exhibited in a one-woman show ($1,500-3,000).  Putterman’s art is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC as well as many others.

 

Furnishings and fine art from the King’s Point, New York estate of a patron of the arts includes an Italian glazed door curio cabinet ($1,000-1,500) and a polychrome Arts and Crafts chair table ($400-600).  Artwork is highlighted by a watercolor by Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956) ($4,000-8,000) and the 78 inch bronze sculpture “Moonlight Dancer” by Prince Monyo (American/Romanian, B. 1926) ($2,000-3,000).

 

In jewelry, a 3.6 ctw diamond and sapphire Art Deco bracelet ($1,000-1,500) and a GIA graded 1.10 carat yellow diamond ($2,000-4,000) will be offered.  A 4.378 carat ruby and diamond ring ($8,000-12,000) will also cross the block.  Gold coins will include a gold 1801 capped bust $10 ($10,000-15,000), and an 1877-S $20 ($1,000-1,500).

1801 Capped Bust $10 Gold ($10,000-15,000)
1801 Capped Bust $10 Gold
($10,000-15,000)
Ceremonial Face Mask from Guranshi, Ghana ($2,000-4,000)
Ceremonial Mask, Guranshi, Ghana
($2,000-4,000)
Colored Lithograph Shusaku Arakawa (Japanese, 1936-2010) ($1,000-3,000)
Litho S Arakawa (Japanese, 1936-2010)
($1,000-3,000)
Italian Glazed Door Curio Cabinet ($1,000-1,500)
Italian Glazed Door Curio Cab
($1,000-1,500)

Prince Monyo (American-Romanian b. 1926) 78 inch Bronze ($1,000-2,000)
Monyo 78 Inch Bronze
($1,000-2,000)
Totems, Florence Putterman (American, b. 1927)($1,500-3000)

Totems, F. Putterman
($1,500-3,000)
Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956) ($4,000-8,000)
M Laurencin (Fr, 1883-1956)
($4,000-8,000)
Tiffany Lamp with Grapevine Shade and Lily Pad Base ($8,000-12,000)
Tiffany Lamp 
($8,000-12,000)
Northwast Coast Kwakiutl Hamatsu Raven Mask ($3,000-5,000)
Kwakiutl Hamatsu Raven Mask
($3,000-5,000)

Colts and Winchesters Fire Up Bidders at Cordier’s December 6 Firearms and Militaria Auction

January 20, 2016

Cordier’s December 6, 2015 Firearms and Militaria Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured an exciting array of high quality handguns and long guns as well as edged weapons.  Colts and Winchesters continue to deliver, including a Colt Combat Cobra revolver in .357 magnum ($3,400) and a Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. ($3,100). Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

Cordier’s December 6, 2015 Firearms and Militaria Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured an exciting array of high quality handguns and long guns as well as edged weapons.  Colts and Winchesters continue to deliver, including a Colt Combat Cobra revolver in .357 magnum ($3,400) and a Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. ($3,100). Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

Antique handguns featured a Elliot's ring trigger Derringer .32 Rimfire ($475).  Military handguns were highlighted by a Mauser S42 (1939) Luger pistol in 9mm Cal. ($900).  In modern handguns, models by Colt and Smith & Wesson drove active bidding both from the room and online.  A Colt engraved 3rd generation SA Army .44-40 - sold for $2,900, while a Colt Combat Cobra revolver .357 magnum brought $3,400 in spirited bidding.  Among the Smith & Wessons, a handsomely outfitted model 657-5 limited hunting edition revolver in .41 magnum sold for $1,100 while a 125th anniversary model 25-3 in .45 long Colt hammered down at $1,100.

 

Antique long guns featured buffalo guns and muskets, including a J. Harder Spencer buffalo rifle ($2,100) and a Harper's Ferry model 1816 musket .69 caliber ($1,300).  In modern long guns, a number of high quality offerings from collectors including the Estate of William Britcher of Newport  delivered solid results.  A Weatherby mark V rifle in .416 Weatherby magnum hammered down at $1,500 while a Parker Brothers VH side by side shotgun 20 gauge sold for $2,600.  A Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. sold for $3,100 after heavy bidding.

 

More than 50 lots of edged weapons were highlighted by a WWII Era Japanese Sword which sold for $1,900 and an Ames Manufacturing M1840 Cavalry Sword & Scabbard, which brought $600.

 

Colt Combat Cobra Revolver - .357 Magnum ($3,400)
Colt Combat Cobra Rev
Sold $3,400
Colt Engraved 3rd Generation SA  Army  - .44-40 ($2,900)
Colt Eng 3rd Gen SA  Army
Sold $2,900
Parker Brothers VH SxS Shotgun - 20 Ga ($2,600)

Parker Bros VH SxS Shotgun
Sold $2,600
Smith & Wesson Model 657-5 Limited hunting Edition Revolver - .41 Magnum ($1,100)
S & W Mod 657-5 Hunting Rev
Sold $1,100
Winchester Model 1895 Rifle - .35 W.C.F. ($3,100)
Winchester Model 1895 Rifle
Sold $3,100
WWII Era Japanese Sword ($1,900)
WWII Era Japanese Sword
Sold $1,900

CORDIER AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS ANNOUNCES NEW AUCTIONEER

January 1, 2016

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announces the addition of Jeff Sensenig to its licensed auctioneer staff.

A graduate of Alvernia University, Jeff has worked in both the public and private security sectors.  He also owned and operated an antiques shop in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sensenig notes: “After being in the antique and collectibles profession for many years, I decided to return to school to become an auctioneer and graduated from the HACC School of Auctioneering in 2014.  I have observed Cordier Auctions’ dedication to serve their clients with the highest standards and I am proud to be a part of this organization.”

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is a full service auction company located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania holding consignment, estate, personal property, and real estate auctions as well as offering complete appraisal services. 

Books and Photography Excite Bidders at Cordier’s November Auction

December 28, 2015

Cordier’s November 29 Book and Photography Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured more than 500 lots, the highlights of which were a book of watercolors of India ($6,500), a group of 18 Major League Secrets cards ($4,300), and a George Washington inaugural centennial medallion by Augustus Saint Gaudens (French, 1848-1907) ($2,500).

In Books, a 19th century Album of 60 Watercolors of India drew heavy interest and sold for $6,500.  A first edition of The Outsider & Others by H.P. Lovecraft brought $1,800 after spirited bidding, and a 1953 first issue of Playboy hammered down at $700.   A first edition of Vidi Vidii Florentini de Anatome Corporis Humani Libri VII by Guidi Guido (Florence 1509-Pise 1569) published in Venice in 1611, sold for $2,100.

In Ephemera, 18 1930’s Schutter-Johnson Major League Secrets Cards drew excitement, selling for $4,300 after spirited bidding.  An 1889 silver George Washington inaugural centennial medallion designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens (French, 1848-1907) and modeled by Philip Martiny (American, 1858-1927) sold for $2,500 amidst heavy interest.  One outstanding lot was a template used to prepare two top hats for President Kennedy’s inauguration along with two JFK signatures and related newspaper articles; the grouping brought $1,700 from an earnest collector.

 

1889 G. Washington Inaugural Centennial Medallion ($2,500)
1889 G. Washington Inaugural
Centennial Medallion
($2,500)
First Edition of The Outsiders and Others by H.P. Lovecraft ($1,800)
1st Ed ofThe Outsiders and Others
by H.P. Lovecraft
($1,800)
From 19th C Album of Watercolors of India ($6,500)
From 19th C Album of
Watercolors of India
($6,500)
JFK Top Hat Template ($1,700)
JFK Top Hat Template
($1,700)

General Gagarin Leads the Charge at Cordier’s Fall Auction

December 18, 2015

Cordier Auctions Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction was held November 14 and 15 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the sale included a painting by David Burliuk (Russian-American 1882-1967) ($24,000), a portrait of Grigory Gagarin (1810-1893) ($14,000), a 8.24 ctw diamond pendant ($7,500), and a Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Covered Urn ($4,500).  Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Day one of the auction featured fine jewelry including a 8.24 ctw diamond pendant having a 2.72 carat emerald cut center stone ($7,500) and a 5.9 ctw diamond and pearl pendant in the form of a flower ($4,700); both sold to bidders in the room.  A Mario Buccellati 18k and pink sapphire dress set sold after heavy bidding for $2,500, and an Illinois Bunn Special pocket watch sold to an online bidder for $3,000.

Other highlights on the first day included an 1894 Morgan silver dollar graded PCGS PR64 ($4,500), a Russian silver-gilt cloisonné basket by Petr Fariseev ($2,300), and a set of 15 antique electric star-shaped Christmas lights ($1,200). 

Day two began with furniture, which featured a 1780 Pennsylvania Chippendale fall front desk which drew heaving bidding from the floor, internet, and phones before hammering to a phone bidder for $4,000.   A Gothic Revival tall case clock retailed by J.E. Caldwell hammered down for $4,100. In Asian arts, a Chinese Qing rock crystal covered urn sold for $4,500, and a trio of Chinese famille rose plaques also brought $4,500.

Multiple fine art pieces found heavy interest.  Three paintings by Russian-American artist David Burliuk (1882-1967) were offered including The Wizard ($3,400), Couple in Sled ($1,500) and the top lot of the auction, Winter’s Tales ($24,000) which is purported to be the last painting ever completed by Burliuk before his death in 1967 and drew international attention.  Also garnering international attention was a Continental School portrait of a young Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1810-1893), Russian painter, Major General, and administrator, in his uniform ($14,000).  Femme au Jardin by Loius Valtat (French, 1869-1952) brought $6,500 after spirited bidding.

Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques ($4,500)
Chinese Famille Rose Plaques
($4,500)
5.9 CTW Diamond & Pearl Flower Pendant ($4,700)
5.9 CTW Diamond & Pearl Pendant
($4,700)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant ($7,500)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant
($7,500)
1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS PR64 ($4,500)
1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PR64
($4,500)
Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Covered Urn ($4,500)
Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Urn
($4,500)
David Burliuk (1882-1967) Winter's Tale ($24,000)
David Burliuk (1882-1967) 
($24,000)
Gothic Tall Case Clock ($4,100)
Gothic Tall Case Clock
($4,100)
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) Femme au Jardin ($6,500)
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) 
($6,500)
 Pennsylvania Chippendale Fall Front Desk ($4,000)
PA Chippendale Fall Front Desk
($4,000)
Portrait of General Grigory G. Gagarin ($14,000)
Portrait of General Gagarin
($14,000)
 

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