SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – For sixty years, family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers has earned an impeccable reputation for selling freshly marketed art and antiques from some of the finest estates in the Philadelphia area. Traditionally, their most anticipated event of the year is their New Year’s Eve auction, which for 2022 will take place on January 1 and will feature high-quality furniture, artwork and personal belongings from residences. of the mid-Atlantic region. All forms of remote bidding will be available for those unable to attend in person, including telephone, absentee or live via the internet.
The fully curated selection of 484 lots sparkles with an array of platinum, gold and sterling silver jewelry from the estate of June Felley of Rydal (suburb of Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania. “Ms. Felley’s late husband, Donald Felley, started out as a research chemist and became president and chief operating officer of Rohm & Haas, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Philadelphia,” Cindy said. Stephenson, owner and auctioneer of Stephenson “He traveled the world and brought back jewelry as gifts for his wife. He obviously had a very refined eye for beautiful jewelry and unusual settings.”
The highlights of the Felley collection are numerous and begin with a sensational Mogul choker in ruby, turquoise, sapphire, opal and emerald. Set in 14k gold, this ornate necklace features a heart-shaped motif and accented with freshwater pearl droplets. Its presale estimate is $3,000 to $5,000.
Similarly, estimated between $3,000 and $5,000, a beautiful enamel and cloisonné diamond Mogul bracelet in 18-karat gold is set with slab-cut and faceted diamonds and pretty enameled green bird figures. The artistry of this piece, which has a total weight of 81.1 grams, is of a very high standard. Estimate: $3,000 to $5,000
An Art Deco centerpiece, a 14k white gold pendant dripping with richly hued ruby beads is adorned with baguette and round diamonds accenting a center diamond. The total weight of the diamonds is approximately 4.00 carats and the total weight of the piece, with a white metal chain included, is 26.5 grams. Estimate: $3,000 to $4,000
Vintage fashion has never been more popular than it is right now, especially clothing from mid-20th century European designers. Stephenson’s New Year’s Auction offers a collection of dozens of jackets, dresses, coats, dresses, tops and accessories from the most collectible brands: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Versace, Hermès, Dolce & Gabbana, Saint- Lawrence, and more. A Chanel sleeveless purple tweed sheath dress is estimated at $1,000-2,000, while a Dolce & Gabbana burgundy lace dress with a handkerchief hem is expected to fetch $1,000-1,500.
Russian silverware and objets d’art should capture the attention of collectors, especially those seeking Fabergé’s incomparable creations. A silver and white guilloche enamel picture frame with a small inlaid garnet bears three Fabergé and Cyrillic stamps, including a St. Petersburg 88 zol Kokoshnik mark. It comes with its original leather case with Russian silver mounts and reverse mounts with Carl Fabergé maker’s mark and initial workman’s marks. An unusual find, the frame entered the auction with an estimate of $3,000 to $6,000.
An extensive group of Asian antiques from a private collection in Upper Bucks County will be on offer and include carved Chinese furniture, porcelain lamps, Rose Medallion porcelains, Japanese Satsuma pottery, porcelain and terracotta pieces ; and impressive textiles. A stunning Japanese embroidered wall hanging from the Meiji period (circa 1868-1912) depicts cranes and chrysanthemums created entirely from silk thread. Measuring 70 inches wide by 88 inches long, the tapestry is detailed in high relief, giving a remarkably realistic effect. Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000. From the same residence comes a very special Persian Bidjar rug (early 20th century). Measuring 11 feet 5 inches by 18 feet long, it could add an instantly grand and luxurious feel to any room. Estimate: $8,000 to $12,000
In addition to the abundance of traditional antiques that should cross the auction block, there are many excellent 20th century furniture designs to choose from, including elegant lounge chairs and sofas; bar stools, lighting and more. Top picks include a 1980s Jeffrey Greene mixed solid wood table with a flat glass top, estimated at $800-$1,200; and a classic mahogany 6-piece bedroom set by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Made circa the 1950s, the suite retains the original Herman Miller Zeeland Michigan label and is estimated between $6,000 and $9,000.
An eclectic range of vintage advertisements run the gamut from advertising clocks to soft drink signs. Of particular note is the collection of Gulf gas and oil memorabilia, which will be divided into separate lots. Items include a circular Gulf porcelain/enamel sign circa 1930s-1940s, $200-$400; a 1930s/40s Brookline oil can with funnel top and applied Gulf logo, $150-$250; a Gulflube display with 11 assorted Gulf brand oil cans from the 1950s to 1970s, $200 to $300; and a highly prized Good Gulf gas pump with its original glass globe, estimated between $2,500 and $4,000.
Stephenson’s New Year’s Eve auction on January 1, 2022 will be held live at the company’s Southampton (suburb of Philadelphia) gallery, Pennsylvania, with live bidding by phone, mail order and online (via Live auctioneers, Priceless and AuctionZip. Start time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Gallery Goods Inspection will be available Thursday, December 30 from 1-5 p.m. and auction day, Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 11 a.m. until the auction begins at 12 p.m. For information on an item for sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or email [email protected] Visit Stephenson’s auction online at www.stephensonsauction.com.
Stephenson Auctioneers and Appraisers
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About Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers
Since 1962, family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers has been the most trusted choice for appraising and selling estates, collections and real estate in the tri-state area and beyond. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Stephenson’s is a full-service auction company. Our company has the unique ability to handle the sale of antiques, real estate and residential property, and real estate, while additionally having the particular expertise to handle corporate and commercial liquidations at auction. We hold weekly auctions in our air-conditioned 5,000 square foot gallery and also hold on-site auctions of real estate and home or business contents. Once a season, Stephenson’s holds its popular Antiques and Decorative Arts auction. In addition, several times a year we hold specialist auctions that feature collections of, for example, dolls, toys, trains, guns, books and ephemera, and coins. Stephenson’s is licensed, bonded and insured. To learn more, visit www.stephensonsauction.com.