Auctions: At summer's end, sales offer wide variety

Stephenson's will offer 600 lots of antiques, artwork, and vintage collectibles next week, including this oil-on-canvas seascape by the late-19th-century German American painter Frederick Schafer titled "North Heads on the Pacific Coast, California."
Stephenson's will offer 600 lots of antiques, artwork, and vintage collectibles next week, including this oil-on-canvas seascape by the late-19th-century German American painter Frederick Schafer titled "North Heads on the Pacific Coast, California."
Posted: September 01, 2012

Four end-of-summer sales in the suburbs will offer the chance to bid on items in an unusually wide variety of categories: from the familiar, such as fine art, banks, books, bronzes, and clocks, to the unique, including two oversize model boats. Almost all will be at affordable prices.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Wilson's Auction Gallery in Chester Heights will conduct a multi-estate auction featuring antique art glass, including Tiffany, amberina, and peachblow; sewing collectibles including thimbles and pin cushions; and antique perfume bottles and 60 lots of pipes, including meerschaum and corncob styles. The top items, a George Essig winter landscape and an oak cabinet from the now-defunct Philadelphia Commercial Museum, will be offered at a session beginning at 7 p.m.

Preview: noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the gallery at 344 Valleybrook Rd. For further information, call 610-358-9515 or go to www.WilsonsAuction.net.

Clocks, banks, Asian arts. A 350-lot online sale by Gordon S. Converse & Co. of Wayne, where bidding has already begun at www.Liveauctioneers.

com and ends at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, will offer more than 50 mechanical and toy banks, another 50-plus lots of clocks, and more than 120 lots of East Asian items, including netsuke, jade pieces, porcelains, bronzes, and scrolls, as well as Western world artwork.

Most of the pieces have three-figure presale price estimates, according to the online catalog accessible at www.converseclocks.com, except for a few notable items including an early 19th-century double-steeple-form mantel clock with a presale estimate of $850 to $1,250; a portrait of a bewigged gentleman that should bring $1,000 to $1,500; and a 14-inch-high, 19th-century carved stone Shoushan vase should sell for $800 to $2,000.

Auction items will be on physical display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at 1128 Greenhill Rd., West Chester. For further information, call 610-722-9004 .

Artwork and antiques. Beginning at 2 p.m. next Friday at its gallery at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, Stephenson's will offer 600 lots of antiques, artwork, and vintage collectibles including cast-iron doorstops and a Northwood carnival glass punch bowl with a grapes-and-cable pattern.

The big-ticket items are to be found among the antiques and artwork. Among the 50 lots of paintings and prints is an oil-on-canvas seascape by the late-19th-century German American painter Frederick Schafer titled North Heads on the Pacific Coast, California.

Originally purchased at Schwarz Gallery on Chestnut Street, it comes from a Maine Line consignor and has a presale estimate of $15,000 to $22,000. From the same consignor comes a winter landscape and canal scene by the French painter Georges Robin (1873-1943) that bears a Newman Galleries label and has a presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. A furniture highlight is a Joseph Wills Philadelphia tall case clock ($2,000 to $4,000).

Other items of note: a collection of oversize Lladro figures, including a 17-by-31-inch "In the Gondola"; pocket watches, including a Ball Waltham, Hamilton & Burlington railroad watch ($800 to $1,200); nine sets of American sterling flatware, including a 105-piece Wallace "Grand Baroque" service for 12 ($2,600 to $3,200); and a circa 1960 Mikimoto collar-style pearl necklace with original box ($1,000 to $1,500).

Preview: 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and noon to sale time Sept. 7. For further information, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182.

Wiederseim antiques. Now to those oversize model boats.

They are among the more than 660 lots in Wiederseim Associates' antique auction beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Ludwig's Corner firehouse, 125 N. Pottstown Pike (Route 100), that also features furniture, mechanical banks, rare books, paintings, prints and samplers, garden ornaments and decorative items, and silver, including another two Wallace flatware services.

Many of the lots come from the estates of Cynthia Gray of Chadds Ford and the late banker G. Morris Dorrance of Villanova. The Dorrance estate items reflect his interest in hunting and fishing, area history and, of course, banking.

They include shore birds, notably one made in 1981 by Tom Beach that has a presale estimate of $200 to $300, according to the online catalog accessible at www.wiederseim.com. In his younger days, Dorrance belonged to a club of Philadelphians who went railbird hunting on the Cohansey River near Bridgeton.

Among historical items is a Bird's-Eye View of Philadelphia engraving done for the May 27, 1876, edition of Harper's Weekly ($300 to $500). Among the banks he collected is a cast iron mechanical "Mammy With Spoon" bank ($4,000 to $5,000). Other Dorrance estate items include some of the paintings in the auction, a mahogany-cased presentation Penn fishing reel ($200 to $300), and a 27-inch-long model of a three-masted clipper ship ($300 to $400).

The two oversize vessels are considerably larger.

One, from a New England consignor, is a racing pond model sloop, 61/2 feet long and 9 feet high ($1,800 to $2,200). The other is a model of the armored cruiser USS Brooklyn of 1896. It is 53 inches high and 141/2 feet long and was in the Independence Seaport Museum ($4,000 to $6,000).

Other top auction items: a 1787 linen sampler wrought by Hannah Pugh of Philadelphia ($4,000 to $6,000); a circa 1790 New York Federal mahogany sideboard ($6,500 to $7,500); and a portrait by William O. Ewing 3d of a cowboy holding a lariat ($4,000 to $6,000).

Previews: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 7 a.m. to sale time on Sept. 8. For further information, call 610-827-1910.


Contact David Iams at daiams@comcast.net.

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