The auction will also include items from a Boston, MA, estate as well as artwork, jewelry, and mid-century modern furniture.
McPherson was a Pennsylvania newspaper editor and two term US representative who served as director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association following the United States Civil War. Over 75 lots from his estate will be crossing the block, including an Empire Revival dining table ($800 to $1,200), an Adams mirror, and a classical sofa ($600 to $800). A portrait of George Douglas Dods has special significance as it has been passed down through the family since Dods’ brother Robert brought it over from London in the 19th century.
The extensive two day auction will showcase items from American history as well as the world, with Americana selling on November 11, featuring an early Pennsylvania dower chest with original paint decoration. Continental furniture, along with silver, jewelry, and porcelain, is scheduled to be offered November 12.
Among the lots of jewelry and coins to be sold are several gold coins, a large Chinese 14k gemstone dragon brooch ($8,000 to $10,000), Victorian pieces, and 18k gemstone jewelry with a 33 carat aquamarine ring of note. The auction boasts almost seventy-five lots of fine jewelry including diamond rings ranging from a 4.92 carat (5.6 CTW) diamond engagement ring to a 1.25 carat diamond solitaire ring as well as a 1.78 carat (2.37 CTW) Scott Kay diamond and platinum engagement ring, a 1.86 carat diamond ring ($3,000 to $5,000) and a 21k 1.35 carat vivid yellow radiant cut diamond ring.
Not to be outdone by the numerous stately antiques to be offered, mid-century modern furniture will also be making a strong showing at the cataloged sale. A particularly eye-catching piece is the Ib Arberg parrot chair ($500 to $1,000), along with a pair of rare Danish modern Elizabeth chairs with ottomans by Ib Koefod Larsen, pieces by Adrian Pearsall, and others.
The antique collection of a private Boston, MA estate will be sold across both days, including an E. Howard No. 10 figure eight clock ($1,000 to $1,500) and a painting by Melbourne Hardwick (American, 1857 – 1916), estimated to bring $1,000 to $2,000. An unusual 19th century rocking ship tall case clock has a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $3,000.
Art will also be sold across both days, including a four color lithograph of Reine de Joie by renowned bohemian artist Toulouse Lautrec ($20,000 to $25,000).
The sale is to be the final of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales have attracted bidders both live and online over the course of the past year, with sales results routinely exceeding expectations. Live previews will be held on November 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and November 11 and 12th from 8 AM throughout the auction.