Bronzes will be featured items at two sales, one this weekend, the other on May 20.
This weekend's batch will be offered by Wiederseim Associates tomorrow at the second session of its two-day, 750-lot spring antiques auction, beginning at 10 a.m. in Griffith Hall at the Ludwigs Corner Firehouse. About 70 bronzes come from the estate of decorator Seymour Kaiser of Kimberton, as do many of the auction's other top pieces.
The nice thing is that these bronzes are both appealing and affordable. All are in the three-figure price range, according to the auction catalog, viewable at www.wiederseim.com.
They range from an early-20th-century depiction of Father Time as a winged figure ($200 to $300) to a pair of borzoi dogs ($750 to $1,000) that are among several bronze depictions of the Russian wolfhound breed.
"A lot of the bronzes are French," Ted Wiederseim said this week, noting that the sale in general has a focus on France, as well as on borzois. Among the artwork is an unsigned portrait from the Kaiser estate of a French nobleman accompanied by a borzoi expected to sell for $1,000 to $1,500 at tomorrow's session.
The Kaiser estate is also the source of a large amount of sterling in the "Radiant" pattern that will be offered tomorrow, including an assembled 48-piece flatware service expected to sell for $600 to $800. The session also features some of the top furniture, notably two Chester County high chests dating to about 1775 and expected to sell for $6,000 to $10,000 each.
The 250 lots in today's session, beginning at 5 p.m., also feature some good furniture, including a Pennsylvania walnut corner cupboard dating to 1800 and expected to sell for $3,000 to $4,000.
A Walter Baum oil-on-panel Bucks County snow scene is expected to sell for $2,000 to $2,500. And an unframed oil-on-canvas painting of what appears to be a Florida home is expected to bring $300 to $400 - it's signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1937."
Previews will be from 10 a.m. to sale time today and 8 a.m. to sale time tomorrow at the fire hall, on Route 100 north of Route 501. For more information, call 610-827-1910.
On May 20, the bronzes also will be from a single source, the museum-class collection of Eileen and Marvin Reingold. The 240-plus lots in the collection, titled "100 Years of American Sculpture," will be offered beginning at 2 p.m. at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J.
Not many are likely to sell for as little as three figures, however. According to the 200-page auction catalog, several are expected to be in the five-figure range.
The opening lot, Young Faun With Heron by Frederick William MacMonnies, is expected to sell for $18,000 to $24,000. Paul Howard Manship's Young Minerva is expected to sell for $30,000 to $40,000, and Isabel, done in 1917 by Gaston Lachaise, has a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
On the other hand, Erwin Frederick Springweiler's untitled bronze of a dog is expected to bring $600 to $800.
The Reingold sale is one of three that Rago will be conducting next weekend. On May 19, almost 350 lots of photographs from the collection of Joshua Smith of Washington will be sold beginning at 10 a.m.
The contemporary works, by such names as Lee Friedlander and "Weegee" (Arthur Fellig), mostly carry three-figure estimates, although a few - notably Garry Winogrand's Beverly Hills scenes - are expected to bring prices in the low four-figure range.
Also on May 19 will be the first session, beginning at 3 p.m., of a two-day sale of almost 300 lots of postwar and contemporary art featuring a half-dozen works by Richard Pettibone, several of them done in tribute to other artists. They include Andy Warhol Elvis 1964, 1968 and Roy Lichtenstein Aloha 1962, 1969, each expected to bring $40,000 to $50,000.
The second session, beginning at 11 a.m. May 20, will offer more-affordable works in the three- and low-four-figure range.
Previews will be from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow through May 18 at the gallery, 333 N. Main St., and 9 a.m. to sale time May 19 and 20. Information: 609-397-9374 or www.ragoarts.com.