Sterling Associates to inaugurate new gallery with Oct. 10 auction

Jean Puiforcat sterling silver chalice cup, bottom marked ‘Jean Puiforcat / Paris / Made in France,’ 5 1/8 inches high x 4 inches wide, 405 grams. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Sterling Associates Inc. image

NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates Inc.’s “Sterling on Broadway” online auction Oct. 10, coincides with the company’s move to a new office and gallery at 537 Broadway in Norwood, near its former venue on Herbert Avenue in Closter. The 252-lot inaugural auction features fine jewelry, silver and coins, with live online bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

“We’re very pleased that Sterling Associates now has a new, more prominent location on Norwood’s main street, Broadway,” said the company’s owner Stephen D’Atri. “Our Herbert Avenue location will continue to function as a warehouse, but all auction business will be conducted from the new location.”

A sterling silver chalice cup (above) in Sterling Associates’ October 10 auction bears the maker’s marks and hallmarks of French silversmith, sculptor and designer Jean Puiforcat (1897-1945), renowned for his Art Deco creations. The 5 1/8-inch-tall cup with two handles has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.

A marked Cartier vermeil necklace (below), which can also be worn as a belt, is similar to one that fashion icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was known to wear. Composed of 19 gilt-silver textured links with a 4-inch pendant drop, this item was a popular fashion accessory of the 1970s. It is expected to sell for $1,800-$2,200.

Cartier gilt-silver vermeil necklace/belt, circa 1970, marked: ‘Cartier / Sterling,’ 33¼ inches long, 430 grams. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200. Sterling Associates Inc. image

Topping the selection of Tiffany & Co. jewelry is a pair of 18K yellow gold ear clips in the form of dogwood blossoms. Each has five small diamonds set in the center. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000

Tiffany & Co., 18K yellow gold and diamond clip-on earrings, Dogwood pattern, .60 carat, marked ‘Tiffany & Co. / 750.’ Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Sterling Associates Inc. image

Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), the Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, is represented in the auction not by one of the serigraphs for which he was so well known, but by a lovely 14K gold, silver and diamond “Beauty of the Beast” pendant necklace. A stylized beast is depicted on the pendant, which is highlighted with five small diamonds, mother-of-pearl and enamel. The pendant necklace is featured on Page 51 of Erté Art to Wear: The Complete Jewelry.

14K gold, diamond and enamel ‘Beauty of the Beast’ pendant necklace, signed ‘Erté,’ hallmarked ‘(C)FCA 14K 168/250,’ 31 grams. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Sterling Associates Inc. image

Seven lots of Continental silver are listed in the auction catalog, including a sterling tea set consisting of teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and tray, $1,000-$1,200.

Continental sterling silver tea set with serving tray, which is marked ‘Sterling RD 1251,’ other pieces marked ‘Sterling RD 1250,’ 2,027 grams. Estimate: $1,000-$1,200. Sterling Associates Inc. image

The auction contains approximately 100 lots of U.S. and world coins. One of the most anticipated numismatic offerings is a scarce 1847 Hawaii one-cent coin that is graded MS62BN. It is expected to make $1,000-$1,200.

1847 Hawaii one cent, PCGS graded case reads: ‘1847 1C PCGS MS62BN Hawaii 10965.62/36125471.’ Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Sterling Associates Inc. image

U.S. coins are led by a 1928 P silver Peace Dollar that is NGC-graded MS64. The coin was from a low mintage of 360,649.

More than a dozen pocket watches will also be sold, as well as silver flatware sets and hollowware.

The “Sterling on Broadway” auction featuring fine jewelry, silver and coins will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 10, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Sterling Associates Inc. is a full-service brick-and-mortar auction house. The company’s “hybrid auctions” are conducted online, just like a live auction, but without a live audience in attendance. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com. All items may be previewed prior to auction day at the gallery. Also, all pickups for this auction will be made at Sterling Associates’ gallery, located at 537 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648.

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

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