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Cordier Auctions & Appraisals

1500 Paxton St.

Harrisburg , Pennsylvania

USA   17104

Telephone : 717-731-8662

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    For Immediate Release October 25, 2011

    Contact: Ellen Miller

    Cordier Auctions & Appraisals will be holding their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art auction in their new facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 5 and 6. The 12,000 square foot facility, located at 1500 Paxton Street, will house the company’s salesroom, offices and storage facility. The early 20th century brick structure provides ample parking and easy access from Interstate 83. The top two floors are home to the Central Penn Business Journal.

    Cordier had been in the antiques business for over thirty years when they began conducting auctions about six years ago. Cordier Auctions holds auctions with a focus on art and antiques, firearms, coins and jewelry, estates, and real estate. They will continue to maintain offices in Camp Hill.

    A regional auction company, Cordier Auctions also conducts onsite auctions across Central Pennsylvania and has conducted auctions as far away as Buffalo, New York. Cordier has experienced considerable growth since entering the auction business. They currently have 20 employees, including three full time licensed auctioneers and three certified appraisers. They also employ numerous specialist consultants.

    David Cordier stated, “We are looking forward to moving into the new location in the city of Harrisburg. Consolidating our main operations will increase our efficiency, and the proximity to Interstate 83 for client accessibility is an added bonus.”

    The first auction to be held in the new location will be Cordier’s Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art auction on November 5 and 6. Highlights of the 675 plus lot sale include a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard, two Baccarat chandeliers, and a circa 1919 Cartier diamond wristwatch in addition to a collection of US & English coins, silver, jewelry, furniture, and fine, Asian, and decorative arts.

    Saturday's sale is slated to offer coins, collectibles, jewelry, and silver. A collection of 90 plus lots of high grade US and English coins will start the auction. Highlights of English coinage include a 1658 Cromwell crown, 1695 William III crown and a 1687 James II crown. Among US coins will be 37 gold pieces including a 1911-D Indian $2.50 quarter eagle and 1904-S and 1927 Liberty head $20 double eagles.

    Among collectibles will be a 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates team signed ball and a framed display of 1961 New York Yankees team signatures, both with JSA letters of authenticity. Several lots of phonographs and roller organs will be offered as will a fine 19th century tin trade sign for a book printer (estimate $500 to $1,000). Among toys will be a Marx Ring-a-Ling Circus and a 19th century Black Americana jigger toy.

    Over 75 lots of silver will be offered including tea sets, flatware sets, pitchers, boxes and more by such companies as Tiffany, Stieff, Kirk, Gorham, and Towle among others. Highlights include two large seven piece tea sets by William Durgin and Reed & Barton as well as a large parcel gilt and sterling silver nef. Of note is an 18th century American silver tankard attributed to Joseph Richardson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 1770 to 1780.

    Saturday’s session will conclude with fine jewelry and watches. Among diamond jewelry is a 1.83 carat VVS2 diamond solitaire set in platinum with side diamonds (estimate $5,000 to $10,000) and a 3.14 ctw French diamond and platinum bracelet (estimate $2,500 to $4,500). Several diamond wristwatches will be offered including a lady’s Art Deco Cartier wristwatch circa 1919 (estimate $5,000 to $7,000). A Vacheron and Constantin 18K gold pocket watch (estimate $800 to $1,000) is a highlight among several gold pocket watches to be offered.

    Sunday's session will include furniture and rugs, clocks, lighting and fine, Asian and decorative arts. Furniture will offer several American period cased pieces including a diminutive Pennsylvania Hepplewhite chest of drawers. Other pieces of note include a large Victorian over mantle mirror, an Italian secretary desk and an inlaid table attributed to Herter. Several pieces of fine Middle Eastern inlaid chests and seating will also be offered.

    A key lot of the sale will be a 19th century Flemish carved ivory tankard. Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, the tankard features carving of Bacchanalia with a figural handle and lid surmounted by putti. Other highlights in decorative arts will be Sevres urns and a 1746 Oxford Furnace, New Jersey cast iron fireback (estimate $1,000 to $2,000).

    Sunday’s sale will feature over 70 lots of Asian arts including palace sized Rose Medallion vases and fishbowls, Chinese Export, ivory, cloisonné, Satsuma, moriage, and more. Of note is a Chinese Qing Dynasty wucai dragon jar and a small Tongzhi longevity bowl. An early Chinese miniature coromandel screen will be offered as will a cased pair of famille jaune eggshell vases and a pair of Chinese enameled wine ewers.

    Sunday’s auction will conclude with fine art including paintings, bronzes, prints and photography. Among paintings is a fine miniature on ivory painting depicting Columbus on his ship holding a map. Signed “A. Horn”, the painting is estimated at $1,500 to $3,000. Another highlight is an oil on canvas entitled “Bright Gloucester Morning” by Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978). Art will include several lots of fashion photography from the estate of a Harper’s Bazaar employee including photographs by Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004) and Andrew Kertesz (American, 1894-1985).

    Sunday’s auction will conclude with clocks and lighting. A key lot in clocks will be a Hamilton Model 22 cased chronometer (estimate $800 to $1,200) while lighting will offer two large Baccarat Zenith chandeliers, a 36 light estimated at $15,000 to $30,000 and a 48 light estimated at $25,000 to $50,000.

    A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available by visiting Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at or by calling 717-731-8662.

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