Cordier Auctions’ Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction to feature Toy Soldiers, Royal Commemorative Collection, and Fine ArtJanuary 15, 2015
A massive pair of Chinese ivory and veneer figures, a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, and more than 100 lots of toy soldiers will headline the Winter Antique and Fine Art auction at Cordier Auctions on February 14 and 15. Among other categories, the sale will feature coins, collectibles & toys, jewelry, silver, ethnographic, Asian, & decorative arts, glass & pottery, furniture, art, and clocks. Other highlights of the sale include paintings by Erskine Nicol, gold coins including commemoratives, and a Pennsylvania High Chest. The auction will be held in the company’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, PA.
Coins will feature gold commemorative sets; an American Eagle 2 piece gold proof set carries an estimate of $1,600-1,800. In collectibles and toys one will find more than 50 lots of Royal commemoratives from the reign of Queen Victoria through Elizabeth II including a musical porcelain cigarette box ($400-600). Also offered will be a massive collection of toy soldiers and vehicles including Elastolin and Lineol and a Hausser-Elastolin US Army Truck that still has its factory tag (estimate $500-800).
Ethnographic arts will feature Native American tools and pre-Columbian items including a Chavin Cup ($2,000-4,000) and scrimshaw. Asian arts include a very large pair of ivory veneer deities on foo lions. Depicting Quan Yin and Buddha on a foo lion and qilin respectively, the pair stand 23 inches tall and carry an estimate of $2,000-4,000.
Offerings in furniture will include a Pennsylvania Chippendale pie crust top tea table ($1,500-2,000) and a 1790 Pennsylvania high chest of drawers ($1,000-2,000). Also offered will be a set of Knoll Harry Bertoia diamond chairs ($800-1,200).
The fine art category offers wide selection of lots. Featured paintings include an oil of an alpine scene by Alois Arnegger (Austrian, 1879-1963) ($2,000-3,000) and Watching the Pilferer by Erskine Nicol (1825-1904) with an estimate of $2,000-3,000. A print of Yellow/Orange by Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-) carries an estimate of $2,000-3,000. A bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln by George Bissell (American 1839-1920) is expected to bring $4,000-6,000.
Cordier Auctions Fall Firearms and Militaria Auction to Feature Named Powderhorn, Smith & Wesson Revolvers, and WWII CollectiblesNovember 19, 2014
On December 7, 2014, Cordier Auctions & Appraisals will hold its Fall Firearms & Militaria Auction at their auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the sale include an 18th century powder horn named to Jeremiah Van Auken, a Colt Lightning rifle, Smith & Wesson Revolvers, dozens of lots of German WWII collectibles, and a large number of items collected in Iraq during the first decade of the 21st century.
The sale will offer antique, military, and modern handguns and long guns, edged weapons, military collectibles, and related art. Early lots will feature antique hand guns, including a U.S. model 1836 R. Johnson contract pistol ($1,000-1,500) and an Ashton U.S. model 1842 percussion pistol ($800-1,200). Another antique handgun of note will be a Colt model 1877 Lightning revolver that belonged to boxer Joe Frazier ($600-900). Modern handguns will include over a dozen Smith & Wesson revolvers, WWI and WWII commemorative Colt 1911s, and others from manufacturers such as Beretta, Browning, Colt, and Glock.
Antique, military and modern long guns will follow the handguns. In the antique category, a Japanese matchlock rifle carries an estimate of $800-1,200, and a Colt Lightning rifle is offered with an estimate of $1,000-1,200. A blunderbuss circa 1700 will also be offered ($400-600), as will a mid 18th century stockade musket that was deaccessioned from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The stockade musket has a 47 inch octagonal barrel and weighs approximately 31 pounds. Among the military long guns are a Springfield M-1 Garand ($800-1,000) and a BYF 44 P-38 ($800-1,000). Among the modern long guns are a Kimber rifle with a Leupold scope ($800-1,000) and a Parker Brothers VH grade SxS 20 gauge shotgun ($1,500-2,500).
Edged weapons will feature an Ames Model 1860 Cavalry sword and scabbard ($300-500) and WWII German daggers including Luftwaffe (second model), SA, Hitler Youth, and Fireman’s dress. Also offered will be bayonets and knives and a number of Iraqi swords, daggers, and bayonets.
In the collectibles category, a military scrapbook for U.S. Army 2
Art, prints, and other items will also be offered including Iraqi paintings, Adirondack style furniture, Zeiss binoculars ($800-1,200), a Webley mark II air pistol ($200-300), and vintage decoys including a wood canvasback duck decoy by Madison Mitchell ($300-400).
The sale will conclude with a wide selection of non-cataloged firearms, military, and sporting equipment.
Monumental Cut Glass Vase Delivers Brilliant Results at Cordier’s Fall 2014 AuctionNovember 8, 2014
A monumental American brilliant cut glass vase sold for $23,000 at Cordier Auction & Appraisals’ Fall Two Day Antique & Fine Art Auction on November 8 and 9, 2014. Other highlights included the sculpture Clarissa by William Zorach (American, 1887-1966) which sold for $9,100 and a painting by Albert Francis King (American, 1854-1945) which sold for $7,500. The 1,003 lot auction was held at Cordier’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.
The multi-consigner sale featured items from more than 150 consigners including décor from the estate of renowned Harrisburg decorator Ronald Shepler. More than two hundred people were in attendance over the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders while more than 2,500 bidders were pre-registered to bid over the internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices.
Saturday’s sale offered Coins, Silver, Jewelry, Collectibles, and Glass. The auction opened with more than 100 lots of gold coins, both American and foreign (from numerous countries). Highlights included multiple $50.00 1 ounce gold American eagles that hammered at $1,300 each as well as Canadian $50 1 ounce .9999 gold coins and Austrian 1 ounce gold schillings that hammered at $1,100 each. A 1947 Mexican 50 pesos 37.5 gram gold coin sold for $1,300.
In ephemera, a two volume set of the personal memoirs of U.S. Grant signed with inscription by Julia Grant brought $800 from an internet bidder. Framed Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth Cut Signatures with photos sold for $650. Collectibles offered several notable items including a 1926 Markneukirchen violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth that sold to a phone bidder for $3,300. One lot that brought spirited bidding was an 8 foot long neon “Marty’s” hot dog sign from the 1950’s, which sold to the internet for $800 on a $250-500 estimate.
Silver lots featured a 4 Pc Barker Bros English sterling tea/coffee set that sold to the floor for $1,300. An Ottoman Empire Turkish silver pen case & inkwell captured attention, selling online for $1,500. Amongst numerous sets of flatware were 108 pieces of Gorham Etruscan sterling that hammered down at $1,100.
In jewelry, all eyes were on an elegant 18K plique a jour angel brooch that sold to the floor for $2,000 after enthusiastic bidding. Other lots of interest were a David Yurman necklace & bracelet that sold for $1,200 on a $600-900 estimate and a Deco diamond, sapphire & platinum wristwatch which brought $2,200. There were a number of items for the gents as well, including a man's 1.02 carat ruby & 2.02 ctw diamond ring that sold for $3,700.
The stand out lot of the day was a monumental American brilliant cut glass vase in the Waldorf (aka the Quatrefoil Rosette ) pattern by Clark. Standing 18 ½ inches tall, the vase opened to an online bidder at $1,100. Bidding between the internet and multiple phone bidders progressed rapidly, until a floor bidder entered the fray at $18,000. That floor bidder was the victor at a final hammer price of $23,000. Other glass of note was a Lalique Chrysalide Fairy figurine which sold for $600 and a Steuben
Sunday's session featured furniture, Asian arts, decorative arts, art, clocks, and lighting. The day began with furniture. A magnificent E.J. Victor Loius XV style dining room set saw heavy bidding from floor bidders and hammered down at $5,000. A set of eight Needlepoint Back Dining Chairs from Eleanor Allen and the Late Heath Allen of Camp Hill brought $2,200. More than fifty lots of rugs were also offered, including an antique Persian Heriz room sized rug that sold for $1,400.
In Asian arts, a large ivory Buddha head vessel went to an internet buyer for $1,700 on an estimate of $1,000-1,500. A framed Chinese calligraphy brought $850, and a unique Chinese cloisonné garden turtle was won for $550. Amongst the decorative arts was a southern folk art signed stool that sold to the internet for $550.
A fine selection of pieces were offered in the art category. A monumental oil on canvas after Rubens was sold to a floor bidder for $4,200. A large Peter Max (American, 1937) entitled Angel with Heart Version II #7 sold for $6,000. Multiple paintings by T.M. Nicholas (American, B. 1963) brought enthusiastic bidding online, on the floor, and on the phones, including Along the Annisquam River ($4,800), and Port Clyde Harbor, ME which sold for $4,300. Multiple phone and floor bidders also tussled over a still life by Albert Francis King (American, 1854-1945), which sold to a phone bidder for $7,500. A river landscape by Eugene Alonzo Poole (American, 1984-1912) was won for $5,500. In sculpture, the magnificent Clarissa by William Zorach (American, 1887-1966) sold for $9,100, and a Romain (Erte) DeTirtoff (Russia/France, 1892-1990) bronze of an angel sold for $3,500.
Sunday concluded with clocks and lighting, the highlight of which was an Inlaid 5 Tube Tall Case Clock circa 1910 which sold to the room after heavy bidding for $4,300.
Halbert HO Train Collection Sold by Cordier Auctions for Over $500,000October 1, 2014
Cordier Auctions sold the lifetime HO model train collection of Dr. David R. Halbert of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a total of $561,131. Consisting of 1,400 lots, the collection was sold across three sessions in 2014. The auctions were held at Cordier’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. Highlights include a United Scale Abernethy Lougheed locomotive & tender that sold for $3,220 and a W&R/Samhongsa Union Pacific Version 2 brass locomotive & tender that hammered down at $2,300. Prices quoted include a 15% buyer’s premium.
The extraordinary collection consisted of thousands of individual pieces of locomotives, cars, and kits, most of which were unused. The high quality items, including brass locomotives, created a tremendous amount of pre-auction buzz in the model train community, and the prices realized astounded many collectors. Lots of note include a precision scale WM M-2 brass locomotive and tender which sold for $1,495, and a MTS Imports Ajin Reading Crusader #117 which sold for $1,092. The finale of the first auction was Dr. Halbert’s personal custom built HO train layout. The massive layout included multiple tracks, buildings, mountains, and tunnels and measured 43 feet by 45 feet. It sold to an online bidder for $633. Other quality brass such as a precision scale B&O EM-1 locomotive and tender sold for $1,265; a Precision/Samhongsa DM&I brass locomotive and tender hammered down at $1,955 following heavy bidding.
Schulz and Cortes Tie for Top Honors, Firearms Aim High, and Diamonds Dazzle at Cordier’s Summer AuctionAugust 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.
Harrisburg Magazine's Readers Name Cordier Auctions "Simply the Best" Auctioneer in 2014August 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 AuctionMay 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.
Cordier Auctions Sells Rare 1860 Photo Album of China for $410,000April 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.
Cordier Auctions & Appraisals Announces New AuctioneerApril 17, 2014
Cordier Auctions & Appraisals is happy to announce that Erika Cordier was granted her Pennsylvania auctioneer’s license in March.
Native American Artifacts and Firearms Draw a Crowd at Cordier's February 1 AuctionFebruary 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.