Sterling Associates’ Oct. 7 auction features timepieces, Asian & fine art

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19th-century dore bronze figural centerpiece/planter with sculpted swan-head handles and high-relief figural motif around the body of the vessel. Estimate $4,000-$6,000

 NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates, Bergen County, New Jersey’s foremost estate specialists, will conduct this year’s edition of its popular Fall Collectors Estate Auction on Wednesday, October 7 through LiveAuctioneers. The sale’s featured collection consists of 100+ mantel clocks and 100+ American pocket watches from the estate of Phil Greco Jr., of New York.

100+ pocket watches include 19th/20th-century productions by Waltham, Illinois & Elgin

The array of antique and vintage pocket watches spans a timeline of production from the 19th through 20th centuries and includes many sought-after pieces by Waltham, Illinois and Elgin. All are very reasonably estimated.

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Hamilton Railway Special pocket watch. Estimate $100-$200

A Hamilton Railway Special pocket watch has oversize numerals and a second hand, while Elgin’s Father Time model is especially attractive with its Greek key pattern around the bezel. Each is estimated at $100-$200.

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Elgin Father Time pocket watch. Estimate $100-$200

Greco’s remarkable collection of Ansonia mantel clocks includes a handsome and highly ornamental spelter clock with Roman numerals, flanked by the figure of a man dressed in antique style, holding a book and scientific instrument. It is estimated at $100-$200.

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Ornate Ansonia Rococo clock, panel painted with image of two cherubs in celestial setting. Estimate $100-$200

An ornate vertical Ansonia Rococo clock has a beautiful decorative panel with the painted image of two cherubs in a celestial setting, each holding garlands of flowers. It is also estimated at $100-$200.

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Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912-1997), portrait of a seated woman in traditional Central American attire; watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper, signed and dated ‘84. Estimate $2,000-$3,000

An ecelectic selection of art includes original works by Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912-1997). His signed 1984 watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper depiction of a pensive woman in traditional Central American attire, seated on stone steps, is among the category’s highlights. It comes to auction with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

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Chips That Pass in the Night, oil-on-canvas, 16.5 x 19.5in, possibly American or English. Titled, dated (1898) and artist-signed (indistinctly) on back of frame. Estimate $3,000-$4,000

An oil-on-canvas titled “Chips That Pass in the Night” is possibly American or English and depicts five gentlemen in tuxedos playing cards in a library setting. The title, date (1898) and the artist’s name (indistinct) are written in pencil on the back of the frame. The artwork measures 16.5 by 19.5 inches and is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.

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Chinese gilt-bronze Guanyin Buddha, 19th century or earlier, old label states ‘Shensi province 14th century,’ 8.5in. Estimate $1,000-$1,500

The Asian art category is led by an 8.5-inch Chinese gilt Guanyin Buddha. It dates to the 19th century or earlier and has old label affixed to it that states “Shensi province 14th century.” The auction estimate is $1,000-$1,500. A fine 19th-century Chinese hanging jade chime features three carved and graduating medallions suspended within the framework of a carved hardwood screen. Its measurements are 13 by 5.5 by 4.25 inches, and the pre-sale estimate is $800-$1,200.

19th-century Chinese hanging jade chime with carved hardwood screen, 13 x 5.5 x 4.25in. Estimate $800-$1,200

19th-century Chinese hanging jade chime with carved hardwood screen, 13 x 5.5 x 4.25in. Estimate $800-$1,200

Also worthy of note, a rare and unusual 19th-century Chinese handled hardwood screen is set with a central carved figural jade plaque and is surrounded by a medley of colorful semiprecious stones. It measures 5.75 by 11.25 inches and is expected to reach $1,000-$1,500 on auction day.

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Rare and unusual 19th-century Chinese handled hardwood screen, the center set with a carved figural jade plaque and surrounded by assorted semiprecious stones. Measures 5.75 x 11.25in. Estimate $1,000-$1,500

The 265-lot sale also includes sculptures, sterling silver, many decorative accessories, a collection of American coins and currency, and estate furniture. An 18th/19th-century bombe-form Dutch marquetry cabinet with glass windows on three sides is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

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Fine-quality 18th/19th-century Dutch bombe-form marquetry cabinet. Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Another highlight is a 19-inch (with base) Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) bronze depicting Perseus and Pegasus with the head of Medusa. The base is singed “E PICAULT” and it is inscribed “Salon des Beaux Arts 1888.” Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. An Elkington gilt-bronze mounted Baccarat crystal centerpiece stands 30.5 inches high, and according to Sterling Associates’ owner/appraiser Stephen D’Atri, the bronze section is most likely Cristofle. The pre-sale estimate is $5,000-$7,000.

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Elkington gilt-bronze mounted Baccarat crystal epergne, 30.5in, the bronze section most likely by Cristofle. Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Sterling Associates’ Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 Fall Collectors & Estates Auction featuring the Phil Greco Jr collection of mantel clocks and pocket watches will begin at 11 a.m. US Eastern Time. Sterling Associates, Inc., is a full-service brick-and-mortar auction house. Their auctions are conducted online, exactly like a live auction, but without a live audience in attendance. Bidders may participate absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. All items may be previewed at the gallery by appointment only prior to auction day, with masks required. Winning bidders have the option of having their goods shipped or, alternatively, picking up their auction purchases at Sterling Associates’ premises at 537 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648.

For additional information on any item, call 201-768-1140 or email info@antiquenj.com.

 

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