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.
dated 1919 and in fine original condition, the wristwatch was set with 30 diamonds and retained its original ribbon band with jeweled clasp. Bidding opened online at $3,250 with several phone bidders quickly jumping in. Despite the internet dropping out at $9,000, bidding continued quickly and strongly between two phone bidders until the winner, a bidder in New York, prevailed at $21,000 to a round of applause.
Pocketwatches did exceptionally well including an 18K James Nardin Locle at $2,250 (estimate $800 to $1,200), an 18K Vacheron & Constantin at $1,700 (estimate $800 to $1,000) and a 14K American Waltham PS Bartlett at $1,600 (estimate $800 to $1,000). The top lot of jewelry was a VVS2 1.83 carat round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring with side diamonds set in platinum. Purchased at well-known Philadelphia company J.E. Caldwell in 1956, the ring sold just above high estimate at $11,000. Other highlights of jewelry included a Victorian gold and diamond bangle bracelet at $1,800 (estimate $1,000 to $1,200) and a 14K gold and gemstone figural dragon ring realizing its high estimate of $1,200.
Sunday's session of the two day auction included furniture and rugs, lighting, clocks and fine, Asian, and ethnographic art. While furniture prices have been soft over the last few years, some strengthening seemed to be evident in this sale. Of local interest was a rare Harrisburg Hepplewhite Pembroke table that featured a book-end motif that has been found on two other examples with Harrisburg provenance. Fittingly the table sold to a Harrisburg area bidder just below high estimate at $850. A local dealer was the winning bidder of an Aesthetic Movement bedside table attributed to Herter Brothers at $1,100 (estimate $1,000 to $3,000) and a 19th century Italian desk and bookcase at $1,900 (estimate $700 to $1,200) while an out of state bidder in the room came away with a set of six Centennial Chippendale side chairs at $1,400 (estimate $1,000 to $1,400).
Asian arts continued to show strong results. One of the top lots of the auction was a massive palace sized Chinese carved and gilded rosewood screen. Estimated at $1,500 to $3,000, interest in the screen was centralized among several Asian bidders online who bid the piece to its final hammer price of $10,000. Among ivory offerings were two lots of Chinese carved puzzle balls that well exceeded their estimates with one selling for $2,000 (estimate $300 to $500) and the other $800 (estimate $100 to $200). Other highlights included a small Chinese Export Masonic bowl at $900, a Chinese cloisonné moon flask at $1,000 and a pair of Chinese famille jaune eggshell vases at $650.
Decorative arts provided two of the top lots of the two day sale. The first was a cast iron fireback dated 1746 and made at the Oxford Furnace in Warren County, New Jersey. One of the earliest known examples and with provenance to an East Millstone, New Jersey mansion, the fireback well exceeded its $1,000 to $2,000 estimate, selling appropriately to a