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