Boston Queen Anne secretary stands out at Wiederseim’s sale May 8

The unusual interior configuration makes this mid-18th-century Queen Anne walnut secretary bookcase unusual. It has a $8,500-$10,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

The unusual interior configuration makes this mid-18th-century Queen Anne walnut secretary bookcase unusual. It has a $8,500-$10,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

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.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Preliminary bidding has been active on this coin silver ewer produced by Wood & Hughes of New York. The 16 1/2-inch-high ewer has a $700-$1,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

Preliminary bidding has been active on this coin silver ewer produced by Wood & Hughes of New York. The 16 1/2-inch-high ewer has a $700-$1,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.


Bidding is expected to reach $4,500-$5,000 for this Pennsylvania Queen Anne mahogany dish-top candlestand, which features a birdcage support, ball turned shaft and snake feet. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

Bidding is expected to reach $4,500-$5,000 for this Pennsylvania Queen Anne mahogany dish-top candlestand, which features a birdcage support, ball turned shaft and snake feet. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.


The artist signed her name in gilt on this reverse-painted watercolor painting of a basket of fruit and a dove with a floral border. Mounted in an ornate gilt frame, the early watercolor measures 25 inches by 24 inches overall and has a $4,500-$5,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

The artist signed her name in gilt on this reverse-painted watercolor painting of a basket of fruit and a dove with a floral border. Mounted in an ornate gilt frame, the early watercolor measures 25 inches by 24 inches overall and has a $4,500-$5,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.


The impact of baseball on American culture is evident in these Heubach porcelain figures, which stand 13 inches high. The pair has a $1,500-$2,000. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

The impact of baseball on American culture is evident in these Heubach porcelain figures, which stand 13 inches high. The pair has a $1,500-$2,000. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.


Best in show – these dogs represent nearly a dozen pairs of Staffordshire spaniels that are in the auction.  These are 9 1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.

Best in show – these dogs represent nearly a dozen pairs of Staffordshire spaniels that are in the auction. These are 9 1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide. Image courtesy of Wiederseim Associates Inc.