The auction will feature many beautiful items from the estate of Marjorie H. Keating and the estate of Priscilla G. Flint, both from Main Line of Philadelphia and other collections from Chester Springs and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and consignments from New York, Delaware and New England.
The sale is loaded with fine paintings, French miniature portraits on ivory, silver, jewelry, clocks, ceramics, furniture and a good gold coin collection as well as furniture and accessories. In all, over 650 lots will be sold. Auctioneer Theodore E. Wiederseim sells at a fast pace and will average about 100 lots and hour, so bidders should be prepared for the whirlwind.
Among the many paintings being offered is a nautical portrait of the runabout Norwood racing on Long Island Sound by A. J. Ripley dated ’92, a sailing frigate by Carl Bille, a seascape with brigs under sail by N. (Nicholas) Condy, a miniature on ivory of George Washington done in the manner of Charles Wilson Peale, six baby chicks by William H. Willcox, a magnificent North Carolina landscape depicting rural settlers, cattle and sheep along a river and signed “W. Frerichs,” a World War I watercolor signed “Geo Harding,” J.F. Roffiaen mountainous landscape, a nice oil on canvas portrait of Mrs. Cotton by Sir Thomas Lawrence, a Tudor-style portrait of Charles Tayspill, to name a few. Of local interest is a snow scene with ships at harbor by Albert Van Nesse Greene, who was a painter in Chester Springs.
Several 19th century samplers and a nice collection of quilts are being offered throughout the sale.
In jewelry and watches, a silver cased Longines pocket watch with a 1938 Austrian crown fob, Ladies Omega white gold wristwatch, two Patek Philippe 18K gold men’s wristwatches, a men’s Swiss gold wristwatch by Audemars Piquet and a women’s Rolex are being sold while jewelry is being smartly represented by a pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings, several sapphire and diamond bracelets, 14K gold mesh coin purse, Bailey Banks and Biddle diamond horseshoe brooch with Mexican silver and Tiffany silver as well.
A coin collection will include a complete American gold coin set with a presale estimate of $10,000-$12,000 and $10 and $20 Saint-Gaudens and Liberty gold pieces.
Being offered are several sterling silver flatware services including a Russian service, Camusso silver service plates, a sterling box inscribed “Babe Ruth” and “Boston Red Sox,” two spoons by Philadelphia silversmith Philip Syng. These are just a sampling of the wide and varied silver items.
Many clocks are in the sale including a 19th century English bracket clock with fusee movement by “J. Walker, N. Castle,” several tall-case clocks, the best being a walnut cased example signed “David Rittenhouse, Norriton,” a pillar and scroll clock made by Elmer O. Stennes, a Wm. L. Gilbert calendar clock, Imperial German brass mantel clock with matching candelabra, large Black Forest cuckoo clock, Gucci malachite Swiss travel clock and assorted pocket watches including a 14K gold example.
Among the many lots of furniture being sold are Philadelphia Chippendale side chairs, two Queen Anne highboys, Connecticut 18th century maple tavern table, Dutch cupboard, Hepplewhite sideboard, wing chairs, Chippendale gaming table, Sheraton sofa, Hepplewhite chests, a Chester County five-slat side chair, 18th century corner cupboards, several banquet tables and pieces by Kittinger.
Other items of interest include early Battersea candlesticks, a Charleston, S.C. slave tag dated 1804, several pairs of period andirons, Val St. Lambert crystal, Chinese porcelain, pair of 19th century Asian carved ivory figures, Black Forest carved stag head, two French bronzes, Civil War-era surgeon’s kit, Inuit reindeer carved antler, two carved and painted curlew birds with metal beaks, a game hunter’s duck boat and a cedar reproduction of a 1920s boat.
The auction will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. EST at Griffith Hall, Ludwig’s Corner Firehouse, 1325 Route 100, Glenmoore, Pa. For details call 610-827-1910 or 610-574-9010.
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