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William Bunch Auctions to present huge estates auction Sept. 25

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Herbert Bayer (Austrian-American, 1900-1985), ‘Over the Horizon,’ 1975, acrylic and charcoal on paper, signed ‘75 Bayer 34,’, 14in x 14in image, sheet size 22in x 15½in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. William Bunch Auctions image

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – On Tuesday, Sept. 25, William Bunch Auctions will offer nearly 700 lots of estate antiques, fine and decorative arts at their Quarterly Antiques, Fine, & Decorative Arts Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction catalog includes Oriental carpets, silver, clocks and watches, several fine pieces of American brilliant cut glass, French cameo, Tiffany, and other art glass, crystal, fine porcelain, German steins, Delft pottery, over 130 lots of fine furniture, 70-plus lots of fine art, bronze and other sculpture, antique French bisque dolls and 119 lots of Asian porcelain and other decorative Asian arts.

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Howard Hancock Newman (American, b. 1943), Cubist modern bronze sculpture, ‘Giulia II,’ signed ‘H. Newman 1988,’ edition 9/9, 12¼in x 19½in x 8in. Estimate: $4,000-$7,000. William Bunch Auctions image

Most of the offerings are sourced from Delaware Valley estates and collections and are fresh to the market. Most of the carpets are first-half 20th century and many are smaller collector sizes.

The furniture has many case pieces of American and European origin as well an attractive and considerable offering of game tables, stands and unique accent pieces including a rare labeled Anthony Quervelle Philadelphia Federal work table. There are several fine American card tables and an excellent Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut dropleaf table (below). Sets of chairs, four-post beds, and dining tables are offered as well.

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Pennsylvania walnut Chippendale drop-leaf table, drawer in each end, cabriole legs with claw & ball feet, scalloped apron, original brasses, 48in x 16½in x 29½in with 19in leaves, no restoration apparent. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. William Bunch Auctions image

Forty-two lots of estate silver feature early Georgian items, several large sets of flatware and decorative collectors’ pieces. Several fine watches including a Patek pocket watch, a Swiss chronograph, Howard pocket watch, and a men’s Cartier Francaise tank watch. Twenty-five clocks include a half dozen tall clocks with a J.J. Elliot nine-tube chiming hall clock (below) leading the way for other American and English examples. Carriage clocks feature a Droucourt quarter-hour repeater and a Hamilton Model 22 deck clock in fine condition. Other shelf and wall clocks are being sold as well.

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Carved mahogany nine-tube chiming hall clock, J.J. Elliott London, 96in high. Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. William Bunch Auctions image

Over 15 lots of Lalique crystal lead into several fine French cameo lots including a monumental 22-inch Galle vase (below) as well as several rare pieces of brilliant cut glass, Tiffany, Baccarat, Daum, and other fine examples. Porcelain lots feature all the major names including Meissen, Dresden, Wedgwood, Mintons, Sevres, Doulton, Leeds and Staffordshire. Forty lots of steins from a single collection include many Mettlach, character and faience examples, most in multiple piece lots.

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Galle vase, stylized block letters ‘Galle,’ 22in high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. William Bunch Auctions image

A small but mighty collection of rare dolls from a prominent local family features Bru, Jumeau, Barrois, several fashion poupees, and some excellent large German dolls.

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Bru Bebe Poupee, French bisque socket-head doll, 24in, incised ‘Bru JNE R11.’ Estimate: $4,500-$7,500. William Bunch Auctions image

Lighting includes seven good bronze/crystal chandeliers, a C.M. Bergman bronze rug seller figural lamp and several stained glass table lamps.

Asian material includes Chinese porcelain, pottery, sculpture flat wall art, scrolls, Japanese silver, mixed metal and woodblock prints.

Bunch Auctions can be reached at 610-558-1800 or by email at

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