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Estate treasures abound in Stephenson's Sept. 20 Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction
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SOUTHAMPTON, PA.- Stephenson’s auction gallery in suburban Philadelphia is brimming with estate antiques, furniture, fine and decorative art; jewelry and gold coins from local upscale residences, all of which will be auctioned on Friday, September 20th. The sale will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through Artfact, LiveAuctioneers and AuctionZip.

Quality furniture of every imaginable style will be on hand for bidders’ perusal. For those with a taste for modern design, there’s a sleek 3-piece mid-century living room suite in the style of LeCorbusier. It’s a compatible choice alongside a 1960s Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Castiglione. Other highlights in this section include a set of four Frem Rojle Danish modern chairs, a 5-piece mid-century modern teak bedroom set with wicker drawer fronts and marble-top nightstands; and a Lucite and chrome magazine rack.

A wealth of traditional furniture will cross the auction block, including a pair of leather Chippendale-style wing chairs, a 7-piece walnut Louis XV-style dining room set, an English mahogany secretary/desk, and two excellent-quality sideboards – one in Empire style, the other of oak with a large, mirrored backsplash and paw feet.

The list of furniture highlights goes on – a 1920s English 3-piece leather-top faux books coffee table and end tables set, a Kittinger walnut Chippendale-style 4-drawer chest, a 19th-century English cherry linen press, an Arts & Crafts oak desk, circa-1900 oak double-glass-door bookcase with turned “rope” side columns, and a white leather sectional sofa by Carson’s.

The fine art section displays a multitude of media and painting styles. A few of the better artworks include a Walter Frederick Osborne (attrib.) oil-on-canvas interior scene with seated figure, a Henry Campotosto (attrib.) oil titled "A Spring Day at Loch Lubnaig," a Pierre Bonnard lithograph from original etching, and a pair of Chinese ancestor paintings on silk. Still others include a Y.B. Henry oil-on-canvas wharf scene with flower seller, an 1880s poster from the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia announcing the appearance of “Sol Smith Russell – Distinguished Comedian,” and numerous other European and American paintings.

An unusually broad selection of sculptures and bronzes will be auctioned. It includes an American School bronze head of an eagle, a John Schackerman wood sculpture of a torso, and two French Art Deco works: a Charles Charles spelter sculpture on marble base and a Louis Riche bronze.

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s not to soon to be shopping for gleaming silver and china to set out on holiday tables. The array of sterling silver includes: a Black Starr & Frost oval bowl, Watson Co. footed bowl, Saart Bros. 5- piece tea and coffee service, Dominick & Haff “Queen Anne, Plain” flatware service for 12, set of nine Reed & Barton bread plates in the "Hawthorn" pattern, a 23in handled tray, and both a handled basket and bonbon bowl by Gorham. Other highlights include a Tiffany & Co. large sugar sifter in the Wave Edge pattern, a Storch & Sinsheimer .800 silver-handled figural pierced bowl, and a Vienna Austria .800 silver 110-piece flatware set. A pair of seven-light, silver-plated candelabra features a grape-and-leaf decoration on its branching arms.

The fine china section is led by a 45-piece set of Royal Copenhagen dinnerware in the “Henriette” pattern and also includes china sets, dessert plates and service pieces by Royal Crown Derby, Doulton Burslem, Meissen, Adams and Lenox. The holiday table is complete with the addition of a light-catching American brilliant-cut glass punchbowl, pitchers and vases.

A vast selection of decorative art includes Old Paris porcelain urns, Armani figurines, Swarovski crystal figurines, Bing & Grondahl porcelain figurines including "Actor" signed Axel Locher, Dahl Jensen porcelain figurines, a Royal Doulton seated fox, Chinese export ginger jars, and Royal Copenhagen porcelain figurines including an 1145-color Wee Willie Winkie and Sandman.

Stephenson’s is known for its outstanding Estate Jewelry division and the uncompromising quality of pieces presented in its sales. The September 20 auction includes many fine rings: an early 20th-century 1¾-carat mine-cut, bezel-set diamond solitaire yellow gold ring, an Art Deco 1.4-carat diamond solitaire ring in 14K yellow gold mounting, and an ornate lady's platinum wedding band. Additionally, there are gold and diamond stickpins, a contemporary white gold diamond bangle bracelet, gold chains, bracelets and earrings, lavaliers, and hand-carved cameos in 14K-gold mountings.

The correct time will be easily to track at the auction. Fine watches include an Omega Dynamic wristwatch, lady's Bulova 14K gold bracelet watch, and a lady's Just 18K gold-cased wristwatch with two-tone gold filled band. Also featured are a J.E. Caldwell & Co. 14K gold pocket watch, Illinois Bunn Special railroad pocket watch and an Art Deco penholder with Elgin clock. Three St. Gaudens $20 gold coins – one from 1925 and two from 1927 – also join the luxury lineup, which also includes a mink coat and stoles.

A pair of brass seated dog andirons, English scales, textiles, a Swiss music box with six airs, and a leaded-glass oak door with matching transom typify the many varied categories that deserve a close look in this interesting, 434-lot sale.

Stephenson’s Friday, September 20 Autumn Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The company’s gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Inspection is on Thursday, September 19, from 3-6 p.m., and on auction day from 1-2 p.m.

All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Artfact, LiveAuctioneers or AuctionZip. View the fully illustrated online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.artfact.com, www.liveauctioneers.com or www.auctionzip.com.

For additional information on any auction lot, to leave an absentee bid or arrange for a phone line on auction day, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail info@stephensonsauction.com. Online: www.stephensonsauction.com.



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