American History Highlighted at Cordier's Spring Antique and Fine Art Auction

May 15, 2017


The auction, to be held at the company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house, will feature a number of fine artworks as well as antique and mid-century furniture, jewelry, and collectibles. A 1957 restored Chevrolet Bel Air is among the larger items to be offered. Expected to sell for between $15,000 to $20,000, the garage kept car was shown for years at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA, among others.


An oil on board depicting a pair of palm trees (est. $1,000 - $1,200) stands as a cultural touchstone in the May 20th sale. The painting was created by Harold Newton, a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen. The famous collective made a living selling their art during a time when racial segregation severely limited the opportunities available to African American artists.


Other standout pieces of art include an oil on canvas by Jere Hardy Allen (est. $1,000 - $1,500), one of several pieces by that artist to be offered, as well as a portrait attributed to British artist Thomas Parkinson, 1744 - 1789. The portrait (est. $1,000 - $2,000) depicts astronomer and mathematician Joseph Dymond, who assisted in a 1768 expedition to Hudson Bay, Canada, to observe the Transit of Venus.


A striking 19th century mahogany Regina style 50 double comb music player and cabinet will also be offered, and is expected to bring $2,000 to $4,000 at auction. The player was patented in the early years of Regina’s company history, within the decade after the company moved to America from Leipzig, Germany.


Another featured lot, the 1924 Steinway ebony-case Model B grand piano (est. $5,000 - $7,000) brings to mind Gatsby’s America. The Steinway company was founded in New York City in the late 1800’s, and is still considered the world’s preeminent piano maker.


A 14K Victorian slide chain bracelet from the 19th century is among the highlighted jewelry lots, with an expected sale price of $800 - $1,200.  35 lots of sterling will also cross the block, including a Wallace Grand Baroque dinner service, estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.


A collection of over 150 DuraNotes are expected to draw bidders’ attention. The DuraNote was a synthetic bank note created in the 1990’s by Mobil Chemical and AGRA Vadeko of Canada. The notes offered advanced counterfeit protection and were reported to last four times longer than conventional rag  paper notes. Test notes were printed for 21 countries, but trials were not successful and the program was discontinued.


The sale is to be the second of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions to be held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales attract bidders both live and online, with a full online catalog available at  Live previews will be held on May 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and May 20th from 8 AM throughout the auction.

1957 Chevy
Harold Newton
Victorian 14K Cameo
Wallace Grand Baroque