Auctions: New Year’s Day Tradition

New Year’s Day traditionally has been a time for country auctions.  On Jan. 1 2011, a lot of them are scheduled within 50 miles of Philadelphia.

Such as the venerable Farmersville New Year’s Day antique and collectible sale in Ephrata and advertises 1,500 lots of small items and 600 lots of furniture.

A Stephenson’s New Year’s Auction in Southampton, Bucks County, will be a big event, with more than 800 lots to be offered over two sessions.

There are specimens of fine and decorative art, furniture, silver, and jewelry.

The silver and jewelry plus some decorative arts will be among the 500 lots in the first session,at the gallery at 1005 Industrial Blvd.

The 120 lots of jewelry to be offered at the Saturday session feature Victorian items, notably a rose-gold enameled brooch and a dragon-head necklace encrusted with garnets, each with presale estimates of $500 to $700.

The jewelry also features contemporary pieces, including a 1940s gold and bloodstone Tiffany owl pin with a presale estimate of $300 to $500 and a 1950s George Jensen sterling silver cuff bracelet.

Decorative art items in the session include ceramics and Lalique and Daum crystal.

The top items will be in the 300-lot second session, beginning  on Jan. 2 and devoted to furniture and fine art. Halloween, by the 19th-century English painter Emma Brownlow, has a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Another painting is a signed 21-by-29-inch Hudson River Valley landscape by American William Mason Brown. It comes from a Bucks County consignor and has a presale estimate of $6,000 to $10,000. Also from that consignor is a Steinway ebony grand piano with a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

The session also features works by Bucks County painters Joseph Barrett and David Hahn.

Furniture items include a Pennsylvania cherry corner cupboard and an English burled walnut secretary desk dating to about 1790.

The session also offers miscellaneous items, including a running horse copper and zinc weathervane on a copper cupola.

For further information, call 215-322-6182 .

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