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Schulz and Cortes Tie for Top Honors, Firearms Aim High, and Diamonds Dazzle at Cordier’s Summer Auction

August 23, 2014

An oil painting by Edouard Leon Cortes and a comic strip by Charles Schulz each sold for $27,000, a signed Kentucky rifle brought $4,100, and a 5.13 CTW brooch in an unusual form brought $7,000 at Cordier Auction & Appraisals’ Summer Two Day Firearm & Militaria and Antique & Fine Art Auction on August 23 and 24. The 1,048 lot auction was held at the company’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. The Multi-Consigner sale featured items from more than 150 consigners.

Almost two hundred people were in attendance over the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders, while more than 3,500 bidders were pre-registered to bid over the internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices. Saturday’s sale offered firearms, militaria & collectibles, coins, silver, and jewelry. Online bidding for the firearms was enthusiastic. A German DWM 1916 dated Luger hammered at $1,200, and a Colt 1860 Army revolver sold for $1,600 on an estimate of $800-1,200. In long guns, a W.L. Evans Model 1816 flintlock musket sold for $1,200 while a Colt 1878 SxS 12 ga shotgun with side hammers hammered down at $1,400, within the estimate of $1,000-2,000. A John Moll signed Kentucky rifle sold for $4,100 to an online bidder after spirited bidding. John Moll was one on the very early gunsmiths in America. A Parker Brothers “D” grade SxS shot gun with an extra barrel set with matching serial numbers sold for $4,000 after heavy competition to an out of state bidder in the room. In militaria & collectibles, an Early 19th century A.W. Spies marked saber sold for the low estimate of $800. A large scale model of a Colt 1911 pistol standing 33 inches tall with a moving slide and hammer and removable magazine sold online for $6,500. Coins featured aa 1854 Liberty Head gold piece graded very fine that sold for $1,500, and a 1924 St. Gaudens $20.00 gold piece in choice brilliant uncirculated condition that sold for $1,400. Collectibles offered several notable items including a Continental sterling owl form vessel with articulated wings that sold for $1,800. The athletic medal archive of Clara M. Schroth (born in Philadelphia), which included medals for gymnastics as well as track & field, sold for $900 after heavy bidding. A Baily, Banks & Biddle sterling water pitcher in a floral and scroll motif sold for the high estimate of $750. In jewelry, diamonds stole the show. A 5.13 CTW diamond and 18k white gold brooch in the unusual form of a compote of fruit sold to a phone bidder for $7,000. A dazzling 2.49 CTW diamond & platinum 3 stone ring also sold to a phone bidder for $6,500, just above the estimate of $3,500-5,500. An unusual Joseph Johnson Liverpool 18k fusee pocket watch hammered down at $1,700. Sunday's session featured furniture, ethnographic and Asian arts, collectibles and textiles, decorative arts, art, clocks, and lighting. The day opened with furniture, a highlight of which was a Pennsylvania walnut Chippendale high chest that sold to an online bidder for $3,400. A stunning oak side by side desk and bookcase sold to the room for $900, exceeding the estimate of $500-750. Two antique Persian serapi room sized rugs sold for $3,400 each. In Asian Arts, a Chinese scholar’s stone hammered down at $1,100 and a Chinese Qianlong cloisonné candlestick sold for $4,900 after heavy bidding. The star among collectibles was an original hand drawn comic strip by Charles M. Schulz (American 1922-2000) that sold after very enthusiastic bidding for $27,000. Another lot that drew aggressive bidding was a Leica M3 outfit that hammered to the floor for $2,400. There were a number of lots from the family of Robert Fleming (PA Senator 1836-1839) including the Pennsylvania Senate chair of Robert P. Allen (Robert Fleming’s son in law, PA Senator 1875-1878) that sold to an online bidder for $450. Another outstanding lot was an applique album quilt top that finally hammered down to the internet for $1,200. Among porcelain, pottery, and glass, 10 pieces of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica sold for $2,300 on an estimate of $1,500-3,000. An art glass vase in the King Tut pattern attributed to Durand saw spirited bidding before selling to the internet for $800, just over the $400-600 estimate. Art buyers had an eclectic mix to choose from. A mixed media by Edna Hibel (American, 1917-) depicting a mother and two children sold to an online bidder for $850. The Ned Smith (American, 1919-1985) print Dutch Country Bluebirds sold to the floor for $1,200. An art archive of Henry A. Wright that included etchings, crayon drawings and poems, and the artist’s personal notebook, sold after very enthusiastic bidding for $600. The star of the art category was a Parisian street scene by Edouard Leon Cortes (French, 1992-1969) which hammered down to a phone bidder for $27,000 after very enthusiastic bidding.

1924 St. Gaudens $20 Gold - $1,400
1924 St. Gaudens $20 Gold
$1,400
Antique Persian Serapi Rug - $3,400
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
$3,400
Applique Album Quilt Top - $1,200
Applique Album Quilt Top
$1,200
Charles Shultz Comic Strip - $27,000
C Shultz Comic Strip
$27,000
Continental Sterling Owl Vessel - $1,800
Continental Sterling Owl Vessel
$1,800
Oak Side by Side Desk And Bookcase - $900
Oak Side by Side 
$900
Joseph Johnson Liverpool 18K Fusee Pocket Watch - $1,700
J Johnson 18K Fusee Watch
$1,700
Qianlong Cloisonne Candlestick - $4,900
Qianlong Cloisonne Candlestick
$4,900
 John Moll Signed Kentucky Rifle - $4,100
John Moll Kentucky Rifle
$4,100
E.L. Cortes (French, 1882-1969) - $24,000
E.L. Cortes (French, 1882-1969)
$24,000
 

 

 

Harrisburg Magazine's Readers Name Cordier Auctions "Simply the Best" Auctioneer in 2014

August 1, 2014

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals was named "Simply the Best" auctioneer in 2014 by the readers of Harrisburg Magazine. Every year, Harrisburg Magazine highlights businesses that local residents consider “Simply The Best.” Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is honored to be recognized for the services that they provide to the Harrisburg area.

Opium War Album, Single Owner Print Collection, and Chinese Porcelain Stand Out at Cordier’s Spring Auction

May 20, 2014

A photo album of images of The Opium War hammered down at $410,000 while a pair of famille verte 100 deer vases realized $60,000 at Cordier Auction & Appraisals’ Spring Two Day Antique and Fine Art Auction on May 17 and 18. Other highlights included an Albrecht Durer engraving ($17,000), a large Venetian blackamoor ($5,000) and a 2.61 ctw diamond and platinum ring ($7,500). The 861 lot auction was held at the company’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. The Multi-Consigner sale featured items from more than 150 consigners.

Over three hundred people were in attendance over the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders, while more than 3,200 bidders were pre-registered to bid over the internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices. Saturday’s sale offered Coins, Paper & Photography, Collectibles, Silver, Jewelry & Watches, and Decorative Arts. An early lot was a photograph album of images from the Second Opium War by Felice Beato. The photo album consisted of 56 albumen prints including 10 multiple part panoramas, each titled and dated in English and German. Beato accompanied the British Army into China in 1860. His photographs captured not only strategic military positions and the aftermath of battle but also buildings such as the Summer Palace before its destruction by the British. With twelve bidders on the phone, the lot opened with an internet bid of $41,000. After heavy competition between bidders online, on the phone, and in the room, the hammer fell at $410,000. Collectibles offered a wide variety of items including an Antique Apparatus replica jukebox in Deco style that brought $1,700 on a $1,000-$2,000 estimate. Among more than fifty lots of silver was a tureen in Danish silver by Carl M. Cohr that brought $3,400, slightly over the estimate of $1,500 to $2,000. Silver was followed by fine jewelry and watches including a 2.61 ctw diamond ring in platinum that was awarded to a lucky lady in the room for the price of $7,500. In decorative arts, a sixty-eight inch Venetian lacquered and polychrome painted Blackamoor figure sold to an internet bidder for $5,000, at the high end of the estimate. Sunday's session opened with Furniture, a highlight of which was a Danish Modern rosewood sideboard that sold for $4,800. In Ethnographic Arts, a late 19th century Hopi kachina doll was awarded to a phone bidder for the sum of $3,900, over the $300-600 estimate. Asian Arts remained strong; a 19th century trade painting of Hong Kong harbor sailed to $9,500 on an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. A pair of Chinese famille verte 100 deer vases sold to a phone bidder for $60,000 following heavy bidding online and on the phones. Among the highlights in Art was a 1930’s single owner print collection of more than 35 pieces amassed by a Massachusetts collector mainly through Boston firms during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Prints sold from the collection included Albrecht Durer’s “St. Anthony Reading” ($17,000) and “Bay Windows” by Martin Lewis ($16,000). Sunday’s auction concluded with clocks and lighting. Ten tall case clocks were offered including a heavily inlaid 18th C Dutch baroque marquetry tall case clock by Jacob Hasius that sold for $4,250. Among strong results in lighting was an Aesthetic movement bronze and glass hall light that hammered down at $4,200 on a pre-sale estimate of $500-1,000.

Felice Beato Second Opium War Photograph Album ($410,000)
Felice Beato Photograph Album
($410,000)
Pair Chinese Famille Verte 100 Deer Vases ($60,000)
Chinese 100 Deer Vases
($60,000)
Albrecht Durer (German 1471-1528) ($17,000)
A Durer (German 1471-1528)
($17,000)
19th Century Trade Painting of Hong Kong Harbor ($9,500)
19th C Trade Painting
($9,500)
Antique Apparatus Replica Jukebox ($1,700)
Antique Apparatus Replica Jukebox
($1,700)
Aesthetic Movement Brass & Glass Hanging Light ($4,200)
Aesthetic Movement Hanging Light
($4,200)
19th C Venetian Blackamoor ($5,000)
19th C Venetian Blackamoor
($5,000)
18th C Dutch Baroque Marquetry Tall Case Clock ($4,250)
18th C Dutch Tall Case Clock
($4,250)

 

 

Cordier Auctions Sells Rare 1860 Photo Album of China for $410,000

April 19, 2014

Cordier Auctions sold a rare 1860 photo album of China in its Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 17 & 18. The photo album contains 56 images of China during the Second Opium War in 1860, which are considered some of the earliest photos of that country. Felice Beato, an Italian/British photographer, was also one of the first war photographers. The photo album consists of 56 albumen prints including 10 multiple part panoramas, each titled and dated in English and German. Beato accompanied the British Army into China in 1860.

His photographs captured not only strategic military positions and the aftermath of battle but also buildings such as the Summer Palace before its destruction by the British. The album was consigned to Cordier Auctions during one of its open appraisal days held every Wednesday at their auction house in Harrisburg, PA . The buyer was Stephan Loewentheil of the 19th Century Rare Book and Photograph Shop, a rare book, manuscript, and photograph dealer with shops in Stevenson, Maryland and Brooklyn, New York.

Gate of Pekin after the surrender October 21, 1860
Gate of Pekin after the
surrender October 21, 1860
Portraits of Prince Kung, Lt. Gen. Sir Hope Grant & Lord Elgin, signers of the treaty of 1860 which ended The Second Opium War
Portraits of Prince Kung, Lt.
Gen. Sir Hope Grant & Lord Elgin
signers of the treaty of 1860 which
ended The Second Opium War
Gate of Pekin after the surrender October 21, 1860
Pagoda in the Summer Palace
October 18, 1860
Pehtang Fort August 1, 1860
Pehtang Fort August 1, 1860

 

 

Cordier Auctions & Appraisals Announces New Auctioneer

April 17, 2014

Cordier Auctions & Appraisals is happy to announce that Erika Cordier was granted her Pennsylvania auctioneer’s license in March.
A graduate of HACC – Central Pennsylvania’s Community College’s Fall 2013 Auctioneering program, Erika joins her father David Cordier as well as Ed Rowe and Ellen Miller as staff auctioneers at Cordier Auctions. Ms. Cordier joined the company full time in 2010 and is the Director of Administration.

Native American Artifacts and Firearms Draw a Crowd at Cordier's February 1 Auction

February 28, 2014

The crowd was standing room only at Cordier’s recent auction featuring a collection from the Estate of Ernest P. Hoppes of Tamaqua, PA. Over 200 bidders were in the room and 1,200 were online at the 990 lot auction. Highlights include a Native American Steatite Effigy Pipe at $4,000 and a Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle at $2,200. The sale included Native American artifacts and collectibles, antique and modern firearms, military collectibles, sporting collectibles, and aviation collectibles. The auction was held in Cordier Auctions’ salesroom in Harrisburg.

Bidders were drawn from across the country to Harrisburg, including buyers for the Arrowhead Museum in Perry, Missouri as well as buyers from Sevierville, Tennessee, Taylor, Michigan, and Lagrange, Georgia. Prices quoted are hammer prices. The Saturday sale began with Native American artifacts and collectibles. Over 30 lots of framed arrowheads were sold including a frame of 109 Arrowheads that sold for $2,700 to the room. Other stone tools featured a lot of 10 that included two banner stones which hammered down at $2,500. Among more than 50 pieces of Native American Pottery was a Large Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Olla that was won by a phone bidder for $2,100. One attention-getting item was a steatite effigy pipe in the form of a human face; after heavy competition with a phone bidder, a floor bidder won the pipe for $4,000. Other items of note were a Northwest Coast Carved Bone Spoon ($900), a Pima Figural Coil Basket ($600), and a pair of 19th Century Sioux Beaded Moccasins ($600). Firearms saw strong results. A Winchester Model 70 Pre-64 Rifle sold to an internet bidder for $1,800. An absentee bidder won a Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle for $2,200. The highest priced hand gun was a Colt SA Army Revolver which hammered down to the internet for $1,300. Enthusiasm continued for Military collectibles; a Civil War Cavalry Sword with Scabbard and belt saw heavy bidding before selling to the internet for $900. A number of WWII daggers were offered; a WWII German Luftwaffe First Model Dagger hammered down for $750. Other collectibles showed strong results: A number of Kriss Pines Trout Paradise Wood Signs were offered to enthusiastic buyers; the largest sold to the room for $850.

10 Native American Stone Tools ($2,500)
Native American Stone Tools
($2,500)
109 Framed Arrowheads ($2,700)
109 Framed Arrowheads
($2,700)
Civil War Cavalry Sword with Scabbard and  Belt ($900)
Civil War Cavalry Sword
($900)
Colt SA Army Revolver ($1,300)
Colt SA Army Revolver
($1,300)
Kriss Pines Trout Paradise Wooden Sign ($850)
Kriss Pines Trout Sign
($850)
Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle ($2,200)
Model 1819 Hall US Rifle
($2,200)
Native American Steatite Effigy Pipe ($4,000)
Native American Effigy Pipe
($4,000)
Northwest Coast Carved Spoon ($900)
Northwest Coast Spoon
($900)
Pair of 19th Century Sioux Beaded Moccasins ($600)
19th C Sioux Moccasins
($600
)
Pima Figural Coil Basket ($600)
Pima Figural Coil Basket
($600)
Winchester Model 70 Pre-64 Rifle ($1,800)
Winchester Mod 70 Pre-64 Rifle
($1,800)
WWII German Luftwaffe First Model Dagger ($750)WWII Luftwaffe Dagger
($750)

 

 

Cordier Auctions to Sell Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Artifacts at Public Auction February 15

February 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is inviting the public to an auction of items removed from its collection. The auction will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 and is being conducted by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg under contract with the Commonwealth's Department of General Services. The preview will be held Friday, February 14 from 2-6 p.m.

The auction will feature a variety of items from across the commonwealth including books, furnishings, agriculture tools and equipment, prints, engravings, and an assortment of 19th and 20th century household and merchandising objects. Featured lots will include a Conestoga Wagon from the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster; an English Slant Top Desk circa 1750-1780 from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; a Hand Drawn Fire Fighting Water Tank/Chemical Cart circa 1900-1925 from the Somerset Historical Center, Somerset; Eight Metal Oil Creek Petroleum Motor Oils Signs from the Drake Well Museum, Titusville; and a Corner Cupboard circa 1870-1880 from the Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro. The items were formerly held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Brandywine Battlefield, Bushy Run Battlefield, Conrad Weiser Homestead, Daniel Boone Homestead, Drake Well Museum, Ephrata Cloister, Eckley Miners' Village, Fort Pitt Museum, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Pennsbury Manor, Joseph Priestley House, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Somerset Historical Center, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The pieces being sold have no special significance to the history of the Commonwealth or duplicate what is already in the state’s collection. Prior to being consigned for sale, the objects were offered to other PHMC properties as well as other historic museums state and nationwide. Money raised from the auction can only be used to buy or conserve artifacts that enhance the PHMC's mission of preserving the Commonwealth's natural and cultural heritage as steward, teacher and advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.

Conestoga Wagon, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster
Conestoga Wagon
Landis Valley Museum
Detail of Corner Cupboard c 1870-1880 Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro
Detail of Cupboard c 1870-1880
Daniel Boone Homestead
English Slant Top Desk c 1750-1780, State Museum of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Slant Top Desk c 1750-1780,
State Museum of Harrisburg

Hand Drawn Firefighting Water Tank Chemical Cart c 1900-1925, Somerset Historical Center, Somerset

Firefighting Tank c 1900-1925
Somerset Historical Center

 

 

Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Awards “Best in Show” to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at Annual Pennsylvania Auctioneers Associationn Advertising Contest

January 10, 2014

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals was awarded “Best in Show” for their brochure and was awarded first place in the photography category for their entry at the 2014 Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association (PAA) Conference held January 8-10 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. The annual contest is judged by independent marketing professionals and accepts entries in twenty advertising and promotional categories. Cordier’s entry in the Auction Firm Promotional category, which was awarded Best in Show, was a collaboration of Cordier’s staff, Joanne Cassaro Design, and Vince Cassaro Photography.

The entry in the Photography category was taken by Vince Cossaro of Vince Cassaro Photography at an auction at a Mechanicsburg, PA location last summer. The PAA is the only professional trade organization for auctioneers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PAA’s focus is education, consumer and member benefits, legislative issues, and new ideas in the auction industry. Information about the PAA can be found at www.paauctioneers.org.

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