End-of-the-month sales are a feast of quality
By John Altdorfer
Published: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Local bidders will have plenty to be thankful for as a trio of area auctioneers serves up a feast of online and live sales in the coming weeks. Three Rivers Auction Co. and BHD Auctions will present web-only sales over the next few days, with another Internet exclusive auction in the near future. Meanwhile, Constantine & Pletcher will set the table for its seventh annual “November to Remember” event later this month.
Constantine & Pletcher
As the fall season started, owner Dan Pletcher promised a strong series of sales at his Cheswick auction house throughout the fall and winter. After a Nov. 9 sale, which saw a ladies' Art Deco diamond and black onyx bracelet sell for $14,000 and a 15-piece oak dining-room set hammer out at $7,400, C&P returns Nov. 23 for its traditional “November to Remember” auction.
With more than a few notable selections on the block, the standouts include a Steuben console set with a large centerpiece bowl, two candlesticks and a pair of side bowls — all in the “Thousand Eye” gold ruby to clear glass pattern.
Equally impressive is a ladies' platinum diamond ring with a 2.8-carat center stone set in a halo-style mounting surrounded by 106 round brilliant-cut diamonds with a combined weight of 0.76 carats.
A Tiffany Studios curtain border floor lamp, circa 1910, stands 6 feet tall with its 2-foot-wide leaded-glass shade. Both the shade and base are signed “Tiffany Studios, New York 375.” Also from Tiffany is a table lamp with a 14-inch leaded-glass shade with a tulip design. Meanwhile, a pair of Oscar Bach bronze tables stand out thanks to their medieval design.
Furniture continues its resurgence with handsomely crafted items such as a four-drawer marble-topchest, a Victorian oak high chair, an English kneehole desk, gilt mirrors and many pieces of modern furniture from makers such as Baker and Hendredon.
For those who never seem to have enough time, the sale offers a nice collection of clocks and watches. Among the standouts are an English Hepplewhite tall case clock, a German “Dufa” grandfather clock, a Victorian townhouse clock, an Ansonia figural clock, a Cartier travel watch and a Tiffany & Co. desk clock.
Jewelry and silver always make great gifts, especially with the holiday season nearly here. A strand of South Sea cultured pearls should sit pretty around just about anyone's neck. And a ladies' vintage platinum diamond watch with 122 diamonds would make a perfect fashion accessory.
Finally, in the items of interest group, the potpourri of goods include a midcentury flower frog, an inlaid cigar humidor, an early 19th-century surveyor's compass, a pair of B&O Railroad lanterns, several pieces of decorated stoneware, perfume bottles and a Bausch & Lomb microscope, to name just a few.
An uncataloged sale precedes the main event, starting at 9 a.m., with the cataloged sale at noon. Previews are from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 and 8 to 9 a.m. Nov. 23, at the C&P showroom at 1306 Pittsburgh St., Cheswick.
Three Rivers Auction Co.
Tripp Kline will reassure you that his Washington, Pa., based auction company is still in the live auction business — even if Three Rivers is testing the waters with an Internet-only sale that ends at 9 p.m. Nov. 19. According to Kline, the web sales will add another “tool to the toolbox to help our consignors.”
In particular, the periodic online auctions will provide an outlet for sellers with smaller lots of merchandise who don't want to wait for a bigger, in-house live sale. For instance, the current sale features just 24 lots of merchandise. While the number of items on the cyber block is small, the quality looms large.
A Moe Bridges table lamp with a reverse-painted landscape on its leaded-glass shade may be the sale's true highlight. Signed on both its nickel-plated base and 18-inch diameter shade, the lamp stands 24 inches tall and depicts a lakeside setting with snowcapped mountains in the background.
Other standouts include an oil-on-canvas portrait of a lady by Belgian artist Leo Van Aken, a 4-inch-high ceramic tumbler decorated with a Harvard baseball player in full windup around 1910 by illustrator F. Earl Christy, several pieces of Roseville pottery, a set of German-made straight razors and a set of Marilyn Monroe playing cards and ashtray in a gift box, featuring her in the photos published in the first issue of “Playboy” magazine.
To preview the sale goods and place bids, visit the Three Rivers website at www.3riversauction.com.
A local veteran of the web-only sale format, BHD Auctions logs on for another Internet sale that ends Nov. 21. Owner Brian Detch describes the sale as “heavy on primitive and country” items such as nicely built antique chest with dovetailed joints, old-fashion irons, candle snuffers, wooden tools and pulleys, handmade quilts and locks.
Just in time for the holidays, a nice fleet of Lionel trains, many with the original boxes, pulls into the BHD station. For a complete setup, bidders will find model train accessories such as “snow covered” firehouses, churches, mechanic garages, Victorian homes and other pieces to build an entire village.
Among the miscellany are glassware, pottery and stoneware, a small Mickey Mouse wristwatch collection, accordions and other musical instruments, dolls and toys and old comics books.
To preview all merchandise and place bids, click on www.bhdauctions.net.
John Altdorfer is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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