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.
New Jersey bidder for $7,500. The other was a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard. The tankard, consigned by a local estate, was intricately carved with scenes of Bacchanalia and putti and carried a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.
The piece opened strongly with an online absentee bid of $13,000 and while there was much interest in the room, bidding remained entirely on the internet with the final bid of $16,000 coming from a live online bidder in Brazil.
Several lots of Sevres were offered including two pairs of large gilt bronze mounted urns realizing $3,650 and $2,400 while a group of three small urns hammered down at $1,100. Other highlights of decorative arts included a 19th century French gilt bronze jardinière at $1,400 (estimate $500 to $1,000) and a Moser gilt and enameled green glass pitcher at $500 (estimate $100 to $200).
Over 90 lots of fine art were offered including paintings, bronzes, prints and photographs. Overall results were within estimate. The top lot of art was a large oil on canvas by Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896-1978) entitled “Bright Gloucester Morning” though the final bid of $4,500 was below its estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. There were however several pleasant surprises, the first being an oil on wood landscape by Antoine Chintreuil (French, 1814-1873). Estimated at $700 to $900, the painting inspired strong bidding between a phone bidder and an online bidder with the phone bidder, a collector in New York, prevailing at $2,750. Another surprise was four lots of 19th century grand tour gouaches. Depicting various Italian scenes and each estimated at $200 to $400, bidding again came down to the phone versus online. This time, a New York collector on the phone was the successful bidder on all with selling prices of $900, $1,000, $1,800 and $1,400.
Lighting and clocks concluded Sunday’s session. Of major interest in lighting were two large Baccarat Zenith chandeliers, one 36 light and one 48 light, consigned by a local estate. Making for an impressive display in the new salesroom, a New York antiques dealer on the phone was the successful bidder on both chandeliers at $11,000 and $15,000 respectively.
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