EARLY ART DECO CARTIER WRISTWATCH REALIZES $21,000 IN CORDIER AUCTION NOVEMBER 5 & 6 A lady’s Cartier Art Deco diamond wristwatch realized $21,000 in Cordier Auctions’ Two Day Antique & Fine Art Auction, the inaugural auction in their new Harrisburg, PA salesroom on November 5 & 6.
News-Antique.com - Jan 11,2012 - A lady’s Cartier Art Deco diamond wristwatch realized $21,000 in Cordier Auctions’ Two Day Antique & Fine Art Auction, the inaugural auction in their new Harrisburg, Pennsylvania salesroom on November 5 and 6. Other highlights of the sale included a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard at $16,000 and a massive Chinese screen at $10,000. The 680 lot auction was held in Cordier Auctions’ new 12,000 square foot offices and salesroom located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.
The multi-consignor sale featured items from over one hundred consignors including estates and collectors. Over 300 people were in attendance during the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders. More than 450 bidders were pre-registered to bid via the internet through ArtFact/Auctionzip which also provided an online catalog of the auction. Prices quoted do not include the buyer’s premium (10% to 15%).
Saturday's sale began with numismatics including a large grouping of rare, high quality British coins. Many of these high grade coins finished above estimate, including a 1689 William and Mary half crown. In MS63, the coin realized $2,500 on an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000. The highest selling English coin was a 1658 Oliver Cromwell crown in AU58 which sold for $5,500. Other highlights of the English coins was a 1687 James II crown in MS63 at $3,000 (estimate $2,000 to $3,000), a 1746 George II Lima crown in AU58 at $1,700 (estimate $400 to $800) and a prooflike 1689 Maundy Money set at $2,250 (estimate $1,000 to $1,500). A persistent dealer on the phone was the winner of most of these coins as well as a rare United States 1911-D Indian $2.50 quarter eagle gold piece. In nearly uncirculated condition, the coin hammered down at $6,200 (estimate $2,000 to $4,000). Other highlights in gold pieces was an MS64+ 1927 Liberty head $20 double eagle and an MS63 1904-S Liberty head $20 double eagle, both selling above estimate at $2,300.
Over 80 lots of sterling and plate were offered in Saturday’s session with strong prices especially for quality flatware sets and unique pieces. An 18th century American silver tankard attributed to Joseph Richardson of Philadelphia circa 1770 to 1780 was a highlight of the silver category. Estimated at $1,000 to $1,500, the piece saw strong bidding before hammering down to a phone bidder from Maryland for $4,100. Among several Tiffany sterling items was an early butter dish that went to a successful internet bidder at just under high estimate at $950 while a Tiffany flower holder sold for $1,100 to a dealer in the room. That same bidder was also successful on winning a large parcel gilt and sterling silver nef at $1,500 while an internet bidder came away with a large William B. Durgin seven piece tea set at $8,500.
Saturday’s session finished up with jewelry and watches. Watches especially saw several strong results including the top lot of the two day auction, a lady’s Cartier Art Deco platinum, 18K gold and diamond wristwatch. With an inscription