Cordier’s Summer Auction Delighted Lovers of Autos, Jewelry, and Art

September 11, 2015

Cordier Auctions held their Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction August 15 and 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the sale included a 1932 Ford Hot Rod Kit Car ($13,500), a Paul Jouvé bronze of “Le Cynocéphale” ($9,500), and a George Washington bust after William Rush from the collection of Dr. Irwin Richman ($16,000).

 Day one of the auction featured fine jewelry including a 14 karat chalcedony and gemstone bib necklace which sold to a bidder in the room for $8,500 and a 14 karat diamond and pearl Mickey Mouse ring that went to a phone bidder for $3,400.  A Tiffany & Co. Patek Philippe pocket watch brought $2,500.

 Other highlights on the first day included a 1932 Ford Roadster convertible hot rod kit car bought by a local collector in the room for $13,500.   A rare Dugan carnival “Farmyard” bowl brought $3,300 after active bidding. In Asian arts, a Korean ink-painted scroll of a mountain scene sold to a phone bidder for $12,000, and a grouping of three miniature carved hardstone figures including a reclining man with a dog brought $16,000.

 In fine art, a bronze sculpture by Paul Jouvé (French, 1878-1973) entitled “Le Cynocéphale”, or “Monkey Contemplating an Ancient Egyptian Idol” was sold to one of the artist’s heirs in France for $9,500 after spirited bidding.  A painting by Ablade Glover (Ghana/UK, 1934-) consigned by the original owner who purchased the piece in 1988 from the Art Council of Ghana in Africa sold for $4,500.

 Day two was made up of the eclectic collection of Dr. Irwin Richman, Penn State University American Studies professor emeritus.  The highlight of the day was a George Washington bust after William Rush which sold to a phone bidder for $16,000 after heavily contested bidding.  A similar example to this bust is housed at the New York Historical Society, and a  black painted version is shown on page 88, figure 80, of the book "William Rush, American Sculptor" published by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1982.  

 Among Dr. Richman’s diverse art holdings were an American School painting depicting a landscape of mossy trees ($1,600), an oil on canvas by David de la Mar (Dutch, 1832-1898) ($1,400), and a Latin American School (17th/18th Century) oil on canvas depicting Santiago Matamoros on horseback defeating two Moors ($1,200).  Dr. Richman’s collection also featured a large amount of majolica and cement garden statuary.  A 17th century majolica sconce of a soldier holding a candle brought $1,000.  A pair of cement sculptures of a man and woman in colonial dress standing 45" tall went to a bidder in the room for $1,100.

 Dr. Richman, an ardent life-long collector, is the past chair of the graduate program in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg.  In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 20 books, he has served as an architectural history consultant for various institutions and is a frequent presenter and freelance museum curator. 

1932 Ford Coupe Kit Car ($13,500)

1932 Ford Coupe Kit Car

Ablade Glover (Ghana-UK, B. 1934) ($4,500)

A Glover (Ghana-UK, B. 1934)

Chalcedony & Gemstone Necklace ($8,500)

Chalcedony & Gem Necklace

Korean Ink Painted Scroll ($12,000)

Korean Ink Painted Scroll

Paul Jouve (French, 1878-1973) ($9,500)

Paul Jouve (French, 1878-1973)

After William Rush (Pennsylvania, 1756-1833) ($16,000)

After W Rush (PA, 1756-1833)

Dugan Farmyard Bowl ($3,300)

Dugan Farmyard Bowl