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Auction Watch: Furniture, china sales show signs of life; law office's art goes on block

| Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Face value: This hand-painted portrait vase is a striking example of the porcelain on sale during Mark Ferry’s Oct. 17 sale.
Mark Ferry Auctioneers
Face value: This hand-painted portrait vase is a striking example of the porcelain on sale during Mark Ferry’s Oct. 17 sale.
Four-alarm deal: This antique fire crew rushes to the rescue on their cast iron ladder truck pulled by a team of galloping steeds.
BHD Auctions
Four-alarm deal: This antique fire crew rushes to the rescue on their cast iron ladder truck pulled by a team of galloping steeds.
For the home front: Built by the Baker Furniture company, this imposing breakfront offers plenty of display space behind its glass doors for fine china and other dining accessories.
BHD Auctions
For the home front: Built by the Baker Furniture company, this imposing breakfront offers plenty of display space behind its glass doors for fine china and other dining accessories.
Knotty art: Colorful vein-like strands of color tangle in the center of George Nama’s print, “Middle of the World.” Estimate: $250-$350
Royal York Auction Gallery
Knotty art: Colorful vein-like strands of color tangle in the center of George Nama’s print, “Middle of the World.” Estimate: $250-$350
Blues ribbon art: Signed by the artist Edward Nesteruck, this Murano glass sculpture with blue hues sits on a tiny plinth. Estimate: $200-$275
Royal York Auction Gallery
Blues ribbon art: Signed by the artist Edward Nesteruck, this Murano glass sculpture with blue hues sits on a tiny plinth. Estimate: $200-$275

After a torrent of recent sales to start the fall season, the stream of local auctions slows a bit in the coming weeks — with another deluge to come shortly.

BHD Auctions

Brian Detch wants to table the notion that furniture sales at auctions are dead. In fact, he's willing to chair a committee to tell consignors that he'll find buyers for their unwanted chest of drawers, china cabinets and just about anything else on four legs through his online auctions, including the current sale that runs through Oct. 8.

Though he's not sure what's spurring the furniture revival, Detch hopes the trend continues as he offers an impressive, four-door Baker breakfront with a Piedmont top connected by intricate fretwork. Another lot brings to the e-block a set of Thomasville dining room chairs.

Also showing signs of resurgence is the china market. Recent sales results show sets of dinnerware fetching prices in the $300-$500 range. While BHD won't flood the china market this time, a set of Blue Danube with a floral motif should keep the revenue stream flowing nicely.

Local history buffs will enjoy perusing a large parcel of antique and vintage postcards featuring the yesteryear sights of Sewickley, Ambridge and other area municipalities. Likewise, several publications highlight the history of Pittsburgh and many of its prominent citizens of yore.

The selection of jewelry ranges from costume to authentic silver and gold. Segueing into the holidays, Santa arrives early with a sack full of antique, vintage and contemporary Christmas decorations perfect for that most wonderful time of the year. A bevy of Barbies from the 1950s to today's model and a fleet of John Deere trucks and tractors are sure to please girls and boys of all ages.

Details: 724-816-0683 or bhdauctions.net.

Royal York Auction Gallery

Looking to extend its recent hot streak of snagging collections of art, the Royal York returns Oct. 17 with a sale featuring an area law office's contemporary paintings and glass sculptures by well-known local artists. Among the highlights are paintings by Richard Beaman, George Nama and the versatile Virgil Cantini. Also up for grabs is a Murano glass sculpture on a lighted plinth, signed by the artist Edward Nesteruck, whose work is in the Corning Museum of Glass and other institutions.

The sale will include furniture, jewelry, glassware, sterling silver, lighting and a smattering of model trains and a couple platoons of vintage cast-iron and other types of toy soldiers.

Sale previews are from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. The Oct. 17 sale starts at 9 a.m. — all at the Royal York showroom, 5925 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. Details: 412-661-1171

Mark Ferry Auctioneers

Shifting into a lower gear after his recent revved-up classic auto sale, Mark Ferry takes aim at the sporting crowd with a sale of antique rifles and handguns Oct. 15, followed by an antiques and collectibles auction Oct. 17.

The gun sale features old-school rifles such as an 1886 Winchester .33-caliber “take down” long gun. Living up to its billing as a really big gun is a Winchester Model 88, designed for hunting large game.

In the antiques and collectibles group, bidders will find some fine examples of handmade and stenciled crocks crafted in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For lovers of locally made glass, pieces from Westmoreland Glass and Fenton will attract strong interest. A large selection of porcelain includes pieces from Meissen, Limoges and other highly sought-after manufacturers. An array of old-time ephemera features calendars, Standard Oil stock certificates and a Coca-Cola newspaper advertising book.

Both sales take place at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, 4H Building, 123 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg. The Oct. 15 gun sale begins at 5 p.m. with a 9 a.m. start for the Oct. 17 antiques sale.

Details: 724-423-5580

John Altdorfer is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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