Cordier's Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction Rolls Out with Studebaker Avanti

August 1, 2017


A 1963 Studebaker Avanti is among the top lots of the sale, expected to bring between $6,000 and $8,000 at auction. The Avanti was a stylish but short-lived design from Studebaker, debuting in 1962 and ending production in 1963. Following the closure of the Studebaker plant, the Avanti name and design were sold to various entrepreneurs, who continued to produce replicas and new designs under the Avanti name until 2006. Original Avantis are hard to find, as only a few thousand were produced.


A 1987 Maserati BiTurbo SI Coupe ($3,000 to $4,000) and a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT ($2,000 to $4,000) will also be turning heads at the sale.


Gear heads won’t be the only bidders drawn to this sale. Fine art to be offered will include a painting attributed to British artist Gainsborough Dupont ($1,000 to $2,000), as well as works by Ira Deen, Leroy Neiman, and others. A KPM plaque depicting Queen Louise signed “Wagner” is expected to sell for $3,000 to $5,000.


A tall case clock by Samuel Hill (1765-1809) will also be among the stand out pieces. Hill was a Harrisburg, PA clock maker active  in the area from 1786 to 1807; the clock is expected to sell for $8,000 to $10,000.


Fine collectibles will include a large Seth Thomas Office Regulator #2 ($1,000 to $1,500), as well as a Regina 15 inch disc player ($2,000 to $3,000).


In furniture, stand out lots will include a library table from the Margaret Bennet Mansion on Franklin Street in Baltimore ($800 to $1,000), as well as a striking floating arm sofa set designed by Ed Wormley for Dunbar ($8,000 to $10,000). Wormley (American, 1907-1997) was a longstanding designer for Dunbar and had work featured in the Good Design Exhibitions staged by the Museum of Modern Art between 1950 and 1955.


Another featured lot, a hok-hok mask by master carver Dwayne Simeon, is expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. In bright red and yellow against black, the mask’s bold geometric design is typical of the Kwakiutl tribe of the northwest coast.


A 1.02 ct emerald and diamond ring and a 2.58 ctw diamond brooch are among the highlighted jewelry lots, with an expected sale price of $2,000 to $3,000 each.  Beautiful antique sterling will also cross the block, including a Stieff Rose repousse goblet set expected to sell for $5,000 to $6,000.


The sale is to be the third 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 August 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and August 13th from 8 AM throughout the auction.