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Recently found Paul Feiler painting tops $31K for Cordier

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Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:19

Paul Feiler (German/English, b. 1918). Price realized: $31,000. Cordier Auctions.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A newly discovered painting by artist Paul Feiler (German/English, b. 1918) sold for $35,650 in Cordier Auctions’ Antique & Fine Art Auction on Nov. 10-11. The winning bidder purchased the painting through, which provided Internet live bidding for the 881-lot auction.

The Feiler painting was discovered by a young couple at a local retirement home rummage sale and brought in to Cordier’s open appraisal day where they were pleasantly surprised to learn its potential value. Titled Cornish Landscape, the painting was subsequently consigned to Cordier’s Fall catalog auction, where it generated international interest and bidding opened online at $15,000. Bidding was strong between the Internet and a bidder in the room with the bidder coming away the winner.

The remaining prices in this report are hammer prices and do not include a buyer’s premium.

Other highlights of the sale included a 48-light Baccarat chandelier at $26,000, an 1891 English sterling nef at $12,000 and an 18th century Chinese Hu cloisonné vase at $9,000.

The sale featured items from over 150 consignors including estates and collectors. Over 400 people were in attendance during the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders while more than 1,700 bidders were preregistered to bid via the Internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Saturday's sale included books and paper, collectibles, toys silver, jewelry, porcelain and glass. The highlight of the books and paper category was a collection of Pennsylvania governors’ signatures. The single-owner collection comprised 60 documents signed by governors provincial to modern, all professionally framed in identical frames, and included such notables as William Markham and Thomas and John Penn. The collection sold to a local collector just above high estimate at $5,500.

Collectibles and toys offered a wide range of items that did well overall. A Regina disc music box that included 59 discs and its original stand sold to the Internet just above low estimate at $2,750, while an antique full-size floor model Jumbo Dice Wheel by H.C. Evans of Chicago sold under low estimate at $1,300. A highlight among toys was a Hubley Harley-Davison cast-iron motorcycle. Estimated at $200 to $400, the toy saw strong bidding on the Internet and floor before selling for $1,000.

A 1925 Ford Model T “C” cab pickup truck was one of two vehicles offered in Saturday’s session. The truck had undergone a restoration/modification in 2003 and was estimated at $5,000 to $10,000. It sold to a collector in the room within estimate at $8,500. The second vehicle was an Arrow Development amusement park ride car styled after a Model T-type touring sedan that had been decommissioned from Hersheypark in 1974. It sold within estimate at $3,500.

Over 50 lots of sterling were offered including flatware sets, tea sets, French serving pieces and more and prices were strong. The highlight of this category, and the top lot of Saturday’s session, was a large 24-inch English sterling nef. Hallmarked for Edwin Thomson Bryant of London circa 1891, the piece sailed past its $5,000 to $7,000 estimate to hammer down at $12,000 to a phone bidder from Massachusetts.

Saturday’s session continued with over 100 lots of fine jewelry and watches. Of note was a figural diamond sword pin set with 4.74 total carats of clear, yellow and brown natural diamonds set in 18K gold and platinum which sold for $5,600 (estimate $3,000 to $6,000) as did a 2.03 carat-weight diamond filigree ring (estimate $2,200 to $3,200). Among watches, a man’s 18K Omega Constellation wristwatch realized its high estimate of $4,000, going to an online bidder.

Saturday’s sale concluded with porcelain and glass including dinner sets, stemware and more. Of note was a pair of Sevres covered urns signed “A. Daret” that realized $1,800 (estimate $1,000 to $2,000).

Sunday's session included furniture and rugs, lighting, clocks and fine Asian and ethnographic art. Furniture saw strong prices on many pieces, especially contemporary pieces. A set of 12 Henkel Harris dining chairs realized $5,000 (estimate $1,500 to $3,000) while a pair of Henkel Harris sideboards sold for $1,700 each (estimates $1,000 to $2,000 each). Two Kindel Winterthur Reproduction lowboys went well past their estimates of $500 to $1,000 with one selling for $2,400 and the other for $2,900, while a Kindel Winterthur Reproduction bombe chest realized $5,000 on an estimate of $1,500 to $3,000. A surprise of the furniture category came in the form of six Middle Eastern high chests. Carrying estimates of $350 to $700 each, each sold to an Internet bidder for $1,000 to $2,750 each.

Asian arts continued to show strong results with over 140 lots offered. An 18th century Chinese Hu cloisonné vase became the top lot of this category, opening at $3,250 and closing at $9,000, well past its $150 to $300 estimate. A Chinese underglazed red footed vase also soared well past its $200 to $400 estimate to sell at $1,900. Other highlights included a Chinese carved ivory figural group at $2,250 (estimate $800 to $1,000), a Ming Dynasty soapstone foo dog at $1,000 (estimate $150 to $300) and a Chinese carved jadeite covered vase at $2,000 (estimate $800 to $1,000).

Over 120 lots of fine art produced several strong results in addition to the Feiler painting. A surprise in this category was a sculpture of a hunter marked for the Roman Bronze Works in New York. Estimated at $500 to $700, the piece saw bidding entirely online, hammering down at $6,000.

Clocks and lighting concluded Sunday’s session. A Hershede No. 122 nine-tube tall-case clock did well, realizing $7,000 on an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000, while a Victorian banquet lamp with a base in the form of a dragon sold for $1,600 on an estimate of $250 to $500. The highlights of lighting were three Baccarat Zenith chandeliers, two 12-light and one 48-light, all selling to the same Internet bidder. The 48 light realized $26,000 while the two 12-lights saw $8,500 and $9,500.

Consignments for Cordier’s Spring catalog auction are currently being accepted. Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 717-731-8662.

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Paul Feiler (German/English, b. 1918). Price realized: $31,000. Cordier Auctions. 

Hubley Harley-Davidson cast-iron motorcycle. Price realized: $1,000. Cordier Auctions.

 1925 Ford Model T pickup truck. Price realized: $8,500. Cordier Auctions.

 Hersheypark Turnpike ride car. Price realized: $3,500. Cordier Auctions.

1891 24-inch English sterling nef. Price realized: $12,000. Cordier Auctions. 

4.74 carat weight diamond sword pin. Price realized: $5,600. Cordier Auctions. 

18K Omega Constellation wristwatch. Price realized: ($4,000. Cordier Auctions. 

18th century Chinese Hu cloisonné vase. Price realized: $9,000. Cordier Auctions. 

 Roman Bronze Works hunter sculpture. Price realized: $6,000. Cordier Auctions.

 Hershede No. 122 nine-tube tall-case clock. Price realized: $7,000. Cordier Auctions.

Large 48-light Baccarat Zenith chandelier. Price realized: $26,000. Cordier Auctions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 13:32

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