Cordier Expects Violin Collection to Strike a Chord with Bidders in Summer Catalog Auction

July 23, 2018

A single-owner collection of rare, vintage, and antique violins will be highlighted at Cordier’s Summer Fine and Decorative Arts Auction. The sale will be spread over the course of two days the weekend of August 11th, and includes a wide range of furniture, ceramics, glassware, and Americana in addition to the instruments.


The collection includes more than 20 violins and bows, featuring a Francescus Geissenhoff marked for the year 1880 and modeled after Stradivari (est $2,000 to $4,000). According to the consignor, the violin was played by Sam Shaffron of the Dallas Symphony and sold in 1973 as part of the musician’s estate. The collection is also highlighted by a 1904 William C. Ehrmann ($1,000 to $2,000) and a violin labeled “Joannes Franciscus Pressenda a. Raphael…1848” ($2,000 to $3,000).  


Among the lots of jewelry and silver to be sold are over ten sterling flatware sets by makers including Towle, Wallace, and Reed and Barton. Several interesting examples of historical craftsmanship will likewise be found in this category, such as the intricately decorated coin silver ewer by Peter L. Krider for J.E. Caldwell. Featured jewelry will include a striking 18th century emerald and diamond necklace, a diamond brooch circa 1910, and an antique almandite brooch.


A large and varied collection of American Brilliant cut glass will highlight the collectibles category, which will also contain a National Cash Register model 452 ($300 to $500), a collection of Lladros including “In the Gondola,” and a Carder Steuben green optic vase ($300 to $500).


Drawing early interest from bidders are a grouping of Virginian African American quilts, each a fine example of a less-documented aspect of America’s textile history. Similar quilts were recently on display in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum’s exhibit “A Century of African American Quilts.” A Lebanon County paint decorated blanket chest ($2,000 to $3,000) also stands out in the Americana category.


Furniture will span American history, best shown by an elaborately carved sideboard ($400 to $600), which shows evidence of Art Nouveau, Edwardian, and Colonial Revival influence. Mid-century modern furniture, a particularly popular field, will feature designs by Hans Wegner, Scova, and Planner. A stunning Tiffany tall case clock with ornate figural carvings is expected to be among the top furniture lots with a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.


Earlier American history is not ignored, with a large collection of Native American artifacts—including 19th century pendants on beadwork, Iroquoian pipes, and a transitional period soapstone bowl—crossing the block during the two-day sale.


The varied sale will take place from August 11th to August 12th and offers the opportunity for bidders to compete both live and online.

 Four violins of differing wood types and body styles