William Bunch Auctions mounts major sale March 26

Monumental gilt bronze and champleve French clock set, marked ‘Barbedienne A Paris,’ movement signed ‘Ed. Minart.’ Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. William Bunch Auctions image

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – William Bunch Auctions will present a spectacular display of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques, decorative arts, sculpture and fine arts at their auction March 26. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 500-plus lot sale is composed of fresh-to-market offerings from a large private collection of 18th and 19th century formal furniture, early brass-dial tall case clocks and barometers, pocket and wristwatches, jewelry, silver, Asian ceramics and decorative arts, rare books, early Leica cameras, musical instruments, collector’s lamps and other lighting, large collection of animalier and other bronzes, Count Bruhl’s Tailor Meissen figurine, a Lalique Double Swan set, more porcelain and crystal.

More than 100 lots of furniture provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to select from 10 amazing breakfronts and bookcases of the 19th century ranging from a usual residential size of 72 inches to an impressive 20 feet in width. All break down for ease of moving and installation. There is an extra grade Wooton rotary desk in a beautiful original finish to be sold, as well as an 18th century walnut Chester County slant-front with a serpentine blocked interior.

An offering of 35 clocks features a rare floor regulator by William F. Ladd, New York, circa 1850-70, in a Gothic mahogany case with mercury jar pendulum designed for use in stock exchange markets. Other rare American clocks include an all original Howard No. 1 banjo clock and a Seth Thomas No. 19 wall regulator with mercury jar pendulum. Continental clocks are headlined by a monumental three-piece champleve enameled bronze clock set (above) by Barbedienne & Cie, the clock 21inches high.

A rare Leica Model 1A, SN 363, with an anastigmat lens and a great provenance highlights the collection of early Leica cameras.

Over 80 lots of fine art and sculpture are showcased in this quarterly catalog auction. These pieces represent the work of more than 50 artists spanning five centuries. Featured items include:

– Lot 6411: Talbot Hughes (British, 1869-1942), painting, The Card Cheat, oil on board, signed Talbot Hughes 1892, original gilt frame, 27¼ by 36 inches, framed 33¾ by 42¼ inches (est. $10,000-$20,000).

– Lot 6439: Hans Erni (Swiss, 1909-2015), large painting female nude, oil on canvas, signed Erni, 58¾ by 31½ inches (est. $4,000-$8,000).

– Lot 6448: Felix Ziem (French, 1821-1911), Embarquement sur le Quai des Esclavons, Venice, oil on canvas (below), signed “Ziem” lower right, includes certificate from Association Felix Ziem and will be included in the catalog raisonne, 29 by 39½ inches, framed 34¼ by 44¾ inches (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Felix Ziem (French, 1821-1911), ‘Embarquement sur le Quai des Esclavons, Venice,’ oil on can-vas. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. William Bunch Auctions image

– Lot 6451: Peter Sculthorpe (American, b 1948), Pennsylvania artist, original watercolor painting, Little Woods, depicting a Brandywine Valley stone house in a winter landscape with horse, one of the most impressive Sculthorpes to come to market; this original watercolor on paper was later published as a print which quickly sold out, signed “P. Sculthorpe” lower left, measures 36 by 62 inches sight, framed 47 by 22 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).

– Lot 6469: Leopold Seyffert (American 1887-1956), a portrait of Bayard Henry, director of the Insurance Company of North America from 1904-1926, oil on canvas, signed “Leopold Seyffert” lower right, mounted in gilt Newcomb-Macklin frame, 30 by 25 inches, framed 35¾ by 30¾ inches est. $2,000-$4,000.

– Lot 6409: Minoru Kawabata (Japanese 1911-2001), Abstract Painting Form from Robe, acrylic on canvas, 78 by 66 inches, signed M. Kawabata, 1985 on the back, Jack Tilton Gallery label on the back, provenance: from a corporate collection (est. $15,000-25,000).

Minoru Kawabata (Japanese, 1911-2001), ‘Abstract Painting Form from Robe,’ acrylic on canvas, 78in. x 66in., signed ‘M. Kawabata,’ 1985. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. William Bunch Auctions image

A fantastic collection of animalier bronzes are led by a 60-inch-high figural pair of soaring eagles by Chester Fields titled Majestic Courtship. While Fields has this stunning piece priced on his website at $150,000, it is being sold March 26 with no reserve. The sculptural works are primarily bronze, with a great number of figural animals. Traditional grand tour sculpture is represented by a Clodion bronze sculpture, Bacchanalia, along with some classical marble and alabaster busts.

Chester Fields (American, b 1945), bronze sculpture, ‘Majestic Courtship,’ 1986, 55in. x 42in. in. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. William Bunch Auctions image

A select group of exceptional books is up for auction, featuring rare Charles Dickens first editions including one with a letter from Dickens to his publisher.

A choice group of porcelain is led by Meissen’s Count Bruhl’s Tailor on a Goat, followed by monumental Sevres and Vienna HP covered urns along with two choice porcelain plaques, one by KPM.

Meissen porcelain figure, ‘Count Bruhl’s Tailor on a Goat,’ 17 inches high. Estimate: $8,000-$15,000. William Bunch Auctions image

Collector’s lamps from Tiffany, Pairpoint, Duffner & Kimberly, Pittsburgh, and Moe Bridges are joined by a Calcite Steuben ceiling fixture and a pair of Murano satin glass fruit hanging lamps.

For details contact William Bunch Auctions at 610-558-1800 or email info@williambunchauctions.com.