Acoma Olla Sells for $17,000 at Cordier Antiques' Two Day Fall Auction Cordier Antiques' Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction was held November 8 and 9 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with good results, led by the sales' top lot, a large Acoma olla that sold for $17,000.
News-Antique.com - Jan 07,2009 - Cordier Antiques & Fine Art held their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction on November 8 and 9 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Despite the current economy the sale saw good results overall led by the sale’s top lot, a large Acoma polychrome olla that sold for $17,000.
The multi-consignor sale featured items from over eighty consignors including estates and collectors. Over 300 people were in attendance during the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders. More than 1000 bidders were pre-registered to bid via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers which also provided an online catalog of the auction. Prices quoted do not include the buyer’s premium (10% to 15%).
Saturday’s session offered 557 lots of fine art, pottery and porcelain, glass, jewelry, decorative, ethnographic and Asian arts, and furniture and rugs. The sale opened with American, English and European pottery and porcelain. Overall results fell within estimate with a few notable exceptions. A very fine earthworm pattern mocha pitcher with strong decoration realized $4,400. A spatterware pitcher and sponge decorated pitcher also saw strong bidding. Sold as a lot, a bidder in the room was the successful winner of the two pieces at $5,000 which was well above estimate.
Among the many offerings in decorative arts was a collection of figural match safes. Rarer examples saw strong prices including a table match safe with nude at $350, a devil’s face at $375, and a perpetual calendar model (sold in a lot with another wall style match safe) at $400 (all estimated at $50 to $100). Decorative arts also included three painted porcelain plaques signed “Wagner” including a finely executed example entitled “Solitude”. While the Internet produced the initial bidding, the floor took over at the end and “Solitude” hammered to the room at $950.
Glass offered several examples of Lalique including a signed Satyr vase. Featuring high relief images of satyrs peering out through rocks and woods the vase saw competitive bidding exclusively from the Internet and hammered down at $1,100 (estimate $150 to $300). Glass included many other examples of Lalique, Steuben, and Loetz as well as bottles with expected results overall.
A George III silver tea caddy was the high point of the silver offerings. Featuring overall bright cut scrolling and swags, the caddy was marked for J. Hampston & J. Prince, York (1782-1783) and was estimated at $600 to $800. Bidding remained exclusively online and the piece closed at $6,000 to an appreciative collector in the United Kingdom. Other highlights in silver included a pair of table pheasants at $1,100 (estimated $200 to $400), a French pierced basket at $800 (estimate $100 to $200) and a Gorham shell shaped sterling dish dated for 1872 at $850 (estimate $150 to $300).
A collection of Native American and Mexican silver jewelry was featured in jewelry and included pieces by such artists as Martin & Esther Panteah, Marc Antia, and Yellowhorse. Prices were soft in jewelry with many items selling