Starting tomorrow and culminating in the sale next Friday at the Alderfer Auction Center of 200 paintings, many of them Pennsylvania impressionists with five- and six-figure presale estimates, holiday shoppers can bid on jewels and a host of other objects, including works by Willow Grove artist Elwood G. "Grandpa Moses" Fahrenholtz.
The jewels will be featured at two auctions, beginning with the two-day "Great Estates" sale of jewelry, silver, furnishings, decorative arts and Americana at the Rago Arts and Auction Center tomorrow.
The nearly 600 lots to be offered by Rago at the second session, starting at noon Sunday at the gallery at 333 N. Main St., Lambertville, present an overwhelming choice of brooches, bracelets, watches, rings, loose stones and sterling. They range from a Tiffany gold maple leaf set of brooch and matching earrings with a presale estimate of $600 to $800 to a Russian Gustav Klingert enameled silver tea and coffee service with a presale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.
The auction catalog includes a page depicting two dozen of the lots, including a Georg Jensen grouping of silver costume jewelry ($900 to $1,200) and an art nouveau black opal and emerald bracelet ($12,000 to $14,000).
A similar page depicts two dozen highlights among the more than 400 lots of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and Americana in tomorrow's session, also beginning at noon. They include a 44½-inch high, late-18th, early-19th-century religious carving of a woman, possibly the Virgin Mary ($6,000 to $8,000); three miniature portraits of military gentlemen, two on ivory, one on vellum ($800 to $1,200); and a brass pedestal Aesthetic Movement jewel case on splay legs dating to 1880 ($1,000 to $1,500). The table is one of 200 items in the session that come from a single estate in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Preview will be from noon to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to sale time tomorrow and Sunday. For more information, call 609-397-9374, or see the auction catalog online at www.ragoarts.com.
More jewelry, lower prices. Jewelry at considerably more affordable prices will also be offered at the first session of Alderfer's three-day catalog sale, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Alderfer Auction Center, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield. Among the 120 lots are pins and pendants with presale estimates beginning at $100 to $200, and an 18-karat gold and diamond necklace (one stone missing) with a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.
The real action will start at Thursday's session, beginning at 9 a.m. with 85 lots of baseball cards, moving on to military memorabilia, then silver, and into a 300-lot session of decorative arts. They include stoneware, ceramics and porcelains, notably a Gaudy Dutch "no-name" teapot with a presale estimate of $6,000 to $9,000; folk carving; and furniture.
The furniture includes nearly a dozen clocks, notably a Herter Brothers Renaissance Revival mantel clock ($3,000 to $5,000), and some Nakashima, including a graduated-drawer chest ($3,000 to $5,000).
The auction's top prices will come at the final session, beginning at 4 p.m. next Friday and devoted to fine art. That is where the big-ticket impressionists will be offered - and the Grandpa Moses.
Perhaps the top painting is Winter Hillside, an oil-on-canvas by George W. Sotter. It has a presale estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.
Another top item is May Day, by Daniel Garber, one of four Garbers in the session. It was done in 1941, is ensconced in a Ben Badura frame, and has a presale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
The session also features many smaller works at lower prices, including Charles Ward's depiction of the onetime Lambertville landmark St. John Terrell's Music Circus ($5,000 to $7,000.)
The "Grandpa Moses" works are also on the affordable side. They were done by Willow Grove carpenter-turned-painter Elwood G. Fahrenholtz, depicting such scenes as covered bridges and landmarks, with presale estimates in the low three figures.
Previews will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Friday. For more information, call 215-393-3000.