FENDER STRATOCASTER GUITAR SELLS FOR $22,000 IN CORDIER ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS’ FALL AUCTION Cordier Antiques & Auctions recently sold a rare Fender Stratocaster electric guitar during their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction held November 7 and 8. Consigned by a local musician, the gui
by American artists included a landscape by Harry Leith-Ross (Pennsylvania, 1886-1973) that sold to a local bidder for $2,800 as well as a watercolor of birds by George Miksch Sutton (American, 1898-1982) for $800. Artists local to central Pennsylvania were featured and included such well known names as Ira Deen, Victor Shearer, Talbot Alden Turner, Paul Bloser and Karl Foster.
European paintings were also offered among them a portrait of a soldier by Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour (French, 1838-1910) and a portrait of a girl by Dorothea Sharp (English, 1874-1955), both realizing $1,000. Several important works on paper were sold including a John James Audubon elephant folio of Plate CCXCI Herring Gull from Birds of America. While prices overall in art were somewhat soft, interest in the print propelled the final price past the $7,000 high estimate to $7,250. Of local interest was a rare uncolored version of An Attempt to Burn John Harris after the painting by William Reeder housed in the Pennsylvania Governor’s mansion. Portraying the attempt by Indians to burn John Harris outside his home in Harrisburg, the print sold to a local collector for $1,000.
Exceptional bronze sculptures and artwork from the Estate of Harold M. Garonzik was a significant addition to Sunday’s fine art offerings. Over twenty-five lots from Mr. Garonzik’s collection were offered including a 31-½” bronze entitled “L’Aurore” by Auguste Moreau (French, 1826-1897). Estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, the piece bore a presentation plaque to the base indicating it was awarded to a Senator Duval by the Pharmacists of the Haute-Savoie, a French department in the Alps in 1898. It sold above estimate to a collector in the room for $5,400. The same collector was the winner of an impressive 44” bronze sculpture lamp of a Norse warrior by Edouard Drouot (French, 1859-1945) at $3,750. Other fine bronzes from the collection included a bust entitled “Dalila” by Marius Jean Antonin Mercie (French, 1846-1916) for $5,900 and a bacchanalian figural group by Claude Michel Clodion (French, 1738-1814) for $4,100. A fine French Monbro Fils gilt bronze clock having a center cobalt porcelain urn flanked by figures of children was won by an online bidder in China within estimate at $4,000.
Horology offered several tall case clocks including a fine Federal cherry and mahogany bonnet top by Samuel Hill, one of the best known Harrisburg, Pennsylvania clockmakers. It sold below estimate at $7,000. Another Pennsylvania clockmaker included a cherry castle top tall case by John Shellenberger, Thompsontown, Juniata County. Originally built for David Walker, founder of Walker Township, Juniata County, it has been consigned by the great-great-great-grandson of Shellenberger but unfortunately failed to find a buyer.
Furniture and rugs concluded Sunday’s session. Continuing the fine items offered from the Estate of Harold M. Garonzik was a 19th century Louis XV style bombe vitrine. Estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, it sold just under low estimate to a New York dealer. It featured upper and lower panels painted with figures and landscapes framed in ormolu. A Victorian cylinder