SOUTHAMPTON, PA.- Stephensons
in suburban Philadelphia is known as the regions premier estate auction house. The family-owned company specializes in gallery and online sales of fine and decorative art, antiques, furniture and fine-quality jewelry. The next such sale will take place on Friday, July 18, and will feature silver, jewelry and objets dart from area residences and private consignors. All of the 400+ lots have been cataloged with reasonable estimates and opening bids.
The demand for fine silver continues, and one of the many prized entries in the sale is Lot 54, a 5-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service. The elegant set consists of a coffee pot and teapot both with bone insulators sugar bowl with lid, creamer and waste bowl. Marked Sterling, the service has a total weight of 72.555ozt. Its presale estimate is $1,500-$1,800.
A stately design, Lot 92 is a hallmarked Weinranck & Schmidt Hanau sterling silver swing kettle on marked stand. Richly decorated with repousee figural and foliate reserves, the joined pieces stand 16 inches high. Having a total weight of 53.415ozt, the kettle/stand unit is expected to make $1,600-$3,000. The sterling silver selection also contains a pleasing array of flatware, serving bowls, trays and baskets; goblets and cordials; sets of teaspoons, candlesticks and various small objects.
A great variety of decorative art is included in the sale. Among the top examples is a stunning antique jeweled and gilt-enameled French porcelain dresser box with matching lid. When opened, the box reveals three perfume bottles with enameled and gilt-decorated tops that match the cobalt-blue outer container. This exquisite work of art is estimated at $600-$1,000.
Many great names in Continental and British decorative art are represented, such as Lalique, Meissen, Coalport and KPM. Lot 3, a KPM porcelain double-cherub figurine, exhibits the superior quality for which the great German manufactory is so well known. Its estimate is a modest $160-$300.
Those who love jewelry both silver and gold will be well pleased with the choices in Stephensons July 18 auction. Starting with sterling silver, three outstanding and well-marked designs by Danish master silversmith Georg Jensen are offered as consecutive lots. Lot 255 is a circa-1940 tulip brooch whose finely hammered silver is embellished with a dark green stone. Lot 256 is a stylized star-shape brooch designed by Jensens Henning Koppel. It, too, is a mid-century piece. Another Henning Koppel for Jensen brooch, Lot 257, is a sophisticated solid freeform triangle with beveled edge on two sides. Each of the Jensen brooches carries a presale estimate of $200-$400.
A wealth of stylish gold jewelry will leave bidders spoiled for choice. Lot 172, a 24K two-tone white and yellow gold panther bracelet features a linked and braided bracelet with two facing, bas-relief panther heads, each with diamond eyes and clasping opposite sides of a gold ring. With a motif that pays homage to the now-classic Panthere design by Cartier, this bracelet is estimated at $800-$1,200.
Lot 173 combines 14K white gold with 15 champagne-color diamonds, each surrounded by 10 white diamonds, in a stylish bracelet whose total diamond weight is 5.0 carats. A versatile contemporary design that could easily travel from brunch to an afternoon business meeting and then to the most formal of dinners, the bracelet is cataloged with a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.
Several charm bracelets will be auctioned, including Lot 264, a triple-strand 14K gold bracelet heavily laden with 22 gold charms. Some of the charms are travel related, depicting such items as a trolley car, cruise ship, and cupcake with I Love N.Y. spelled out on the icing. All of the charms are either marked 14K or test as gold. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000.
Theres plenty in the sale to appeal to gentlemen, as well. For instance, Lot 121 is a hefty 14K gold ring that contains a 1925 2-1/2 dollar Indian-head gold coin. The prominently positioned coin is surrounded by 12 prong-set round diamonds. Each stone weighs approximately 4 points. This distinctive, chunky (18.2 drams/11.7dwt) ring comes to auction with a $700-$1,200 estimate.
Stephensons Friday, July 18 Jewelry, Silver & Objets dArt Summer Auction is a live gallery event that will commence at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Bidders also may participate by phone, absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable or AuctionZip.
The pre-auction inspection at Stephensons gallery will be held on Thursday, July 17 from 3-6 p.m., or on auction day from 2-4 p.m. The gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966.