Auctions: On Black Friday + 1, affordable sales

This circa 1780 walnut tall case clock by David Ritten- house has an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.
This circa 1780 walnut tall case clock by David Ritten- house has an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.
Posted: November 24, 2012

Once again the local auction community will join the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush, with at least two suburban sales scheduled the day after Black Friday. Both will offer objects suitable for gift-giving at more affordable prices than usual.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at its annual Thanksgiving weekend auction at the Ludwig's Corner firehouse, Wiederseim Associates will offer more than 600 lots of antique and decorative furniture and accessories, notably maritime art, miniature portraits on ivory, gold coins, and silver. They will have presale price estimates predominantly in the three- to low four-figure range, according to the online auction catalog accessible at

Among the maritime art: an Albert Van Nesse Greene seaport painting ($1,000 to $1,500); an oil on canvas nautical portrait of a runabout racing in Long Island Sound signed A.J. Ripley ($1,000 to $2,000); a three-masted frigate on the high seas by the Danish artist Carl Bille ($800 to $1,200); and a seascape with brigs under sail by the British painter Nicholas Condy ($3,000 to $5,000).

Artwork in the three-figure range includes two oils on canvas, a tree-lined farm lane by Cesare Ricciardi ($300 to $500) and a winter landscape by Milton D. Birch ($200 to $300). At the higher end are William H. Willcox's oil on board of six baby chicks ($2,000 to $3,000) and a large North Carolina landscape by William C.A. Frerichs in a gilt frame ($9,000 to $12,000).

Furniture estimates include $200 to $300 for a 19th-century Pennsylvania pine tavern table; $400 to $500 for an English yew wood Windsor armchair; $1,500 to $1,800 for a circa 1860 Eastern Shore, Md., corner cupboard; $2,000 to $3,000 for a circa 1780 walnut tall case clock by David Rittenhouse; and $10,000 to $15,000 for a circa 1780 Queen Anne cherry highboy.

The 45 lots of silver are expected to bring anywhere from between $100 and $150 for a cased set of 12 sterling spoons with gold-washed bowls and six matching demitasse spoons; up to $1,500 to $2,000 for an Easterling flatware service for 12 in the Helene pattern; and $4,000 to $5,000 for a Russian silver flatware service dating to 1908.

Among the 16 miniatures is a circa 1800 oval portrait on ivory of George Washington ($800 to $1,000). Among the coins are five early-20th-century Saint Gaudens $20 gold pieces (each $2,000 to $2,200).

Miscellaneous items include two charming 19th-century French bronzes of birds, one by Jules Moigniez of a bird eating seeds from a plant ($300 to $500) and the other by Alphonse Alexandre Arson of a bird perched on an oyster ($300 to $400); a Black Forest carved stag head with glass eyes and horn antlers ($600 to $900); and a 16-inch-high carved pair of Asian ivory figures in court robes ($1,500 to $1,600).

Previews: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to sale time Saturday at the sale site just north of the intersection of Routes 100 and 401. For further information call 610-827-1910.

Porcelain shoes. Also beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Spring City, Ron Rhoads Auctioneers will offer 325 lots of paintings, furniture, dolls, toys, American Indian items, and antiques, notably a porcelain shoe collection whose proceeds will go to PACT (People/Animals = Companions Together).

The sale also features items from the estate of Dr. Reginald Gold. The online catalog can be seen at

The sale opens with 50 lots of costume jewelry expected to bring $50 to $100, followed by miscellaneous collectible figurines with higher presale estimates. A two-piece Chinese polychrome figure of a dragon and phoenix from the Gold estate, for instance, has a presale estimate of $800 to $1,200.

A 1935 copy of Tom Blake's book Hawaiian Surfboard should bring $2,000 to $3,000. And a rare Simon & Halbig character doll with hazel-painted eyes has a presale estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.

The top presale estimates are for some of the nine lots of artwork that will be offered next. Native American Classroom, a 4-by-5-foot oil on canvas by Paul Valentine Lantz, is also expected to bring $5,000 to $8,000.

Summer Reflection by Olin Travis (1888 to 1975) has a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. A Parisian street scene, Place Clichy by Edouard Cortes, should bring $10,000 to $20,000; and Forth Lake Big Pine, by Edgar Alwin Payne, also from the Gold estate, has a presale estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Another Payne mountain landscape should bring $2,000 to $3,000.

Part of the glass shoe collection will be offered next. Actually, there's some porcelain footware among the 19 lots, most of which are from Italy or central Europe and have presale estimates of $50 to $100. Two, identified in the online catalog as Meissen art nouveau pieces, are expected to bring $100 to $200.

Preview will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 20 Bonnie Brae Rd. (Route 724). For further information call 610-385-4818.

Contact David Iams at

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