GLENMOORE, Pa. – With a star-studded lineup of Americana and more – from a Boston Queen Anne secretary to a collection of Staffordshire figures – Wiederseim Associates Inc. will conduct their Spring Antique Auction on May 8. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding. The 593-lot auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern at Griffith Hall, Ludwigs Corner Firehouse.
The Queen Anne walnut secretary bookcase, circa 1740, should sell in the early afternoon. This rare example features an interior fitted with pigeonholes and document drawers – in the upper section. Contained in the lower section behind a slant lid are more pigeonholes and drawered compartments over four graduated drawers. Standing on straight bracket feet, the secretary bookcase is 78 1/2 inches high by 36 inches wide by 22 1/4 inches deep. It has a conservative $8,500-$10,000 estimate.
“It’s a beautiful piece,” said Ted Weiderseim. “It was purchased recently for $30,000. I don’t know if it will bring that again but it should do well.
Another fine period piece is a Pennsylvania Queen Anne mahogany dish-top candlestand, circa 1780, with a birdcage support, ball turned shaft and snake feet. It is expected to bring $4,500-$5,000.
Wiederseim said that another highlight will be the collection of Staffordshire figures from the estate of Leonard E.B. Andrews of Malvern, Pa. Andrews, a writer-publisher who died Jan. 2, 2009, made news when he bought 240 previously unknown Andrew Wyeth works depicting a mysterious woman known as Helga, and later sold them for a big profit. Wiederseim said that Andrews bought the Staffordshire figures years ago from a Philadelphia collector.
Included will be nearly a dozen pairs of Staffordshire spaniels. One rare pair is red and white and has arched bases. The pair is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
Estate jewelry will be another highlight of the sale, said Wiederseim. “There are 14- and 18-karat gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings that should do well,” he said. Included are several pieces by jewelry designer David Yurman. A ladies’ Piaget Polo wristwatch with pavé diamonds consisting of 26 single cut diamonds and an 18K gold case and bracelet carries a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.
Four paintings by Chester Springs, Pa., artist Albert Van Nesse Greene (1887-1971) will be sold including a large oil on board picturing the Brooklyn Bridge in winter.
“His paintings are doing very well now,” said Wiedersim, noting that Greene, a veteran of World War I, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
For details about the auction, phone 610-827-1910.
ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE