Stephenson’s showcases fascinating antiques and artwork in its Spring Decorative Arts Auction, …


Arthur Meltzer (Pennsylvania, 1893-1983), portrait of ‘Davis [Meltzer] at 14, ‘1943, Oil on canvas, SLR, 35 x 32in (view). Provenance: Estate of Davis Meltzer. Estimate: $ 1,500 to $ 3,000
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SOUTHAMPTON, Pa .– Stephenson’s popular Spring Decorative Arts auction will be held live in the company’s gallery in Southampton (suburb of Philadelphia) on Friday, April 9, with live mail order and internet auctions available exclusively via Live auctioneers. The sale of 451 lots showcases both fine art and decorative art, Tiffany and other American silver coins, an exceptional selection of jewelry, over 120 furniture lots, including coveted productions from the mid-century; and many other treasures for collectors to discover. The vast majority of items destined to cross the auction block came from Philadelphia and other areas and collections in the Mid-Atlantic.

The Fine Arts category is highlighted by paintings from the estate of science fiction artist and science illustrator Davis Meltzer (1930-2017). Mr. Meltzer inherited the family art archives from his father Arthur Meltzer (1893-1983), a renowned landscape painter whose works are housed in many prestigious museums; and his mother Paulette Van Roekens (1895-1988), a respected painter of still lifes and landscapes who had 14 major solo exhibitions during her career.

Four paintings by Arthur Meltzer entered the April 9 auction, including a signed 1943 oil on canvas portrait titled Davis [Meltzer] at 14. Measuring 35 by 32 inches (on sight), it is estimated between $ 1,500 and $ 3,000. A teenager Davis was also the subject of Van Roekens’ oil on canvas portrait titled Davis and his world. Signed lower left and with three tags attached to the reverse side, one stating the artwork was a gift from the model’s mother, the 20 x 16 inch painting (on sight) is shown in a frame made handmade by Arthur Meltzer. Estimate: $ 2,500 to $ 5,000

A mixed-use construction that will no doubt appeal to mid-century art collectors, Mary Bauermeister (German, 1934) M-Oral Cube is made of lacquered wood, acrylic, ink and optical lenses, and is dated 1968 on the back side. It comes up for auction from an estate in the prestigious Philadelphia suburb of Villanova. Estimate: $ 16,000 to $ 25,000

Liberty Head gold cufflinks $ 1, each cufflink has two Liberty Head gold coins $ 1 and is mounted on 18k gold mounts stamped 750 with an additional stamp, the date on the coins appears to be 1854 (partially hidden by mounts) approx. 7/16 ” in diameter, 6.6 dwt total weight Estimate $ 1,200 – $ 2,000
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Mid-century designers feature prominently in the wide range of furniture on offer. Top prizes include an elegant Danish Dyrland rosewood dining table with sliding and folding leaves, valued between $ 600 and $ 1,200; and a set of six Koefoeds Danish rosewood ladder back chairs, each stamped Made in Denmark by Koefoeds Furniture Makers Danish Control. They will be auctioned as a single lot for an estimate of $ 800 to $ 1,500.

The industrial look, which has never been so popular with proud home consumers as well as interior designers, is beautifully embodied in a handcrafted metal card cabinet by Davis Meltzer. It has a teak top, a poplar stand and five stacked horizontal metal drawers. From Davis Meltzer’s estate, he came in with an estimate of $ 800 to $ 1,500.

Card cabinet with metal drawers, teak top and poplar stand handcrafted by artist Davis Meltzer, 41½ x 48¼ by 31½in. Provenance: Estate of Davis Meltzer. Estimate of $ 800 to $ 1,500
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Tiffany’s enduring name heads the sterling silver bundles offered by Stephenson’s. A hammered ladle in sterling silver and Tiffany gold with a heart-shaped bowl is impressed Tiffany and company., and has a patent date of 1880. Weighing 9.885 ozt, it is estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 3,500.

A Tiffany & Co. sterling silver cutlery set includes 12 dinner knives, eight dinner forks, five breakfast forks, seven salad forks, 10 teaspoons, eight broth spoons, five tablespoons of cream, eight butter spreaders and a serving spoon. All parts, except the table knives, are engraved on the reverse with the name “Helen Dunbaugh”. In total, the set weighs 84.975 oz and is estimated at between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000.

Stephenson’s has always been well known for its fine jewelry department and the exceptional and distinctive shipments it offers for auction. The April 9 sale features a set of 18k gold cufflinks designed around $ 1 Liberty Head gold coins. Each cufflink has two of the pieces, which appear to date from 1854 (date partially hidden by frames). They are stamped “750”, with an additional stamp. The total weight of these eye-catching men’s accessories is 6.6 dwt. Estimate: $ 1,200 to $ 2,000

Jewelry collectors will also have a choice of gold neck chains, bracelets, brooches and pendants, some of which are set with diamonds and gemstones; baroque pearls, wristwatches and a variety of beautiful rings. An 18k gold Larry Graff ring dazzles with its 0.50 carat pear shaped diamond surrounded by 3.3dwt of half bezel round diamonds. The ring is stamped “Graff” and is accompanied by a 2001 receipt from Michael Haber, Ltd. Jeweler (Wynnewood, Pa.) And appraisal from Jeffrey L. Gansky, Phoenixville, Pa. Estimate: $ 1,500 to $ 3,500

The collectibles category is led by seven original Marilyn Monroe illustrated calendars published in the 1940s and 1950s. The oldest, a 1947 calendar printed with the Sunoco petroleum logo, depicts a tanned and strawberry blonde Monroe in a top. in black lace, smiling as she holds a white phone to her ear. Title The right number, the shrink-wrapped calendar measures 10¼ by 5½ inches and is estimated between $ 800 and $ 1,000.

Proving that you never know what you’ll find in an estate in the Philadelphia area, the auction will take bidders back to the early days of American automobiles with an antique garage “find”, a 1914 Studebaker Coupe. In Its original condition right down to its wire wheels, this classic is ready for a car enthusiast to invest some TLC and restore it to its former automotive glory. Estimate of $ 5,000 to $ 10,000

For more than 50 years, the family-owned Stephenson’s Auction has offered works of art and decorative art from the estate, as well as premier private collections, to the auction market. Owner Cindy Stephenson and her team of professionals look forward to welcoming bidders at their auction on Friday April 9, 2021, which will take place at the Company Gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton (Bucks County), PA 18966. The start time is 2:00 p.m. EDT. Goods can be inspected on Thursday, April 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on the day of the auction from 12:00 p.m. until the start of the auction. Bid away or directly online exclusively via Live auctioneers. For more information on any lot on sale or to reserve a phone line, call 215-322-6182 or email [email protected] In line:


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