DoneTue, Feb 15, 2005 11:00 AM EST
Chadds Ford, PA, USA
Winter Multi-Estate Antique & Fine Arts
William Bunch Auctions & AppraisalsTOP RATED
Tiffany lamps, Pennsylvania Art Star at William H. Bunch Auctions Feb. 14-15 Sale CHADDS FORD, Pa./ Aficionados of Tiffany lamps could find their heart’s desire at a two-day sale at William H. Bunch Auctions & Appraisals on Feb. 14-15. The rarest of three luminary lots from the legendary studio is a patinated bronze floor lamp with a curtain border leaded glass shade. Auctioneer Bill Bunch estimates the piece will realize $50,000-$75,000, but notes similar lamps have brought as much as $100,000. A bronze counterbalance floor lamp with a Favrile shade is estimated at $7,000-$10,000. A three-light lily lamp should sell for $4,000-$6,000. In addition, the sale features a Handel desk lamp, a pair of Handel patinated table lamps and three other Handel table lamps. A puffy Pairpoint table lamp is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000. Two leaded domes, an Art Deco chandelier and a pair of cobra wall sconces came from the Egyptian theater in Detroit. In keeping with Bunch’s reputation for bringing Pennsylvania artists to the market, the sale will include the works of painters from the Brandywine Valley, Bucks County and Philadelphia, 2 works by Walter Baum (1884-1956) and a Gloucester Harbor Scene by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951). Frank W. Benson’s (1862-1951) watercolor of a ruffled grouse is estimated at $15,000. Two small Impressionist works by Susette Schultz Keast (1892-1932) – a wooded landscape and a vignette of a woman and children under a striped awning – are expected to bring $4,000-$6,000 each. “They are fresh little gems,” Bunch said. “They came from a lady in Memphis who bought them at a yard sale and found out they were worth something when she took them to Antiques Roadshow.” A 1966 Mustang convertible -- freshly detailed in a body-off, frame-up restoration – is sure to get bidders’ engines revving. With its candy apple red exterior and white leather pony interior, bids are expected to zoom to $30,000. In furniture, a large, impressive Biedermeier roll top desk, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, boasts crotch mahogany veneer outside and cubbyholes and hidden compartments inside. An elaborately carved Victorian three-door bookcase, probably Horner, is expected to sell for $3,000-$4,000. In mechanical goods, a meticulously restored and electrified Matchless Cunningham Harmonic Scale No. 5 carved mahogany player piano is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A restored Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox is in the $4,000-$6,000 range. A circa 1972 Bally Fireball pinball machine should bring $600-$800. “That’s the one the Pinball Wizard played in Tommy,” Bunch noted. Other notable lots include a fine early 19th-century basket pattern trapunto quilt, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. A circa 1950 yellow gold Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch is expected to tick to $4,000-$6,000. A Chelsea yacht wheel ship’s clock should sail to $2,300-$3,500. Also on the block are nine early coverlets and outstanding works on paper, including 17th-century English hunt engravings published by Richard Blome (1641-1705) and one of only about 25 prints of “The Schoolmaster” signed by local artist Andrew Wyeth (1917- ). A Tiffany vegetable spoon in the Olympian pattern should serve up $400-$600. The event kicks off with a preview from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, followed by the sale of more than 200 lots of better vintage books. The sale resumes at noon Tuesday, starting with 25-plus Oriental rugs, including a 9-by-15 foot, vibrantly colored Serapi with only minor losses to the border that is expected to fetch $6,000-$8,000. The Mustang goes on the block at 4 p.m. In addition to live, absentee and phone bidding, Bunch will offer online bidding through Live Auctioneers on eBay. Now marking its 31st year, William H. Bunch Auctions & Appraisals is one of the area’s largest houses, with a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility equipped with video screens and ample parking for 200. It’s conveniently situated at One Hillman Dr., just minutes from the intersection of Routes 1 and 202.