Cordier To Hold One-Day Catalog Sale On Aug. 17

Allegorical Watercolor By Obed Snowberger Of The Snow Hill Cloister To Be Sold

August 9, 2019

Those seeking fine art and rare items will be excited to bid in Cordier Auctions and Appraisal’s Saturday, Aug. 17, Fine and Decorative Arts Auction. Fresh items crossing the block will include those from 18th-century collector Edward Greey, six pieces of early coin-op, and a rare Snow Hill Cloister watercolor.
Much excitement is expected in response to a recently discovered allegorical watercolor by Obed Snowberger of the Snow Hill Cloister. The Snow Hill Cloister, founded in Franklin County in 1798 as an offshoot of the Ephrata Cloister, flourished until the outbreak of the Civil War. The last celibate brother, Obed Snowberger, died in 1895. This watercolor was purchased at the sale of his estate in 1896. Found 50 years ago by an area collector, it is now being offered at public sale for the first time in over a century.
Edward Greey opened an art gallery in New York City in 1868 that was credited with creating a new appreciation for Japanese art in America. Included in the collection of his items to be sold is a scroll by Nonkoku and Nanho Osawa painted on a piece of Mrs. Greey’s wedding gown.
A six-piece collection of coin-op will include a Mills Violano Virtuoso and a Wurlitzer LX Orchestrion with Wonderlight along with other early examples. Other collectibles feature a Victorian-era hairwork collection and Native American items. A Lina Zervudichi for Elsa Schiaparelli fish lounge is sure to draw attention from furniture buyers.
Sterling silver will include an Art Nouveau vase by Gorham and a variety of dinner services. Coin silver will feature Kentucky juleps by Macdannald and Werne. Also offered will be a Drakes of London silverplate and hardwood meat serving trolley. Coins feature late 19th- and early 20th-century gold.
Art highlights will be four paintings by Walter Emerson Baum, two by Johann Berthelsen, and a George Stubbs. A Georges Braque print from an edition of 70 will be offered, as will six Audubon prints including the Golden Eagle. An 18th-century William Webster bracket clock will cross the block along with five pillar and scroll clocks including Seth Thomas and Eli Terry.
Bidders are invited to participate both live and online. The complete catalog is available at A live preview will be held at Cordier’s auction house on Friday, Aug. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.
Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is located at 1500 Paxton St., Harrisburg, Pa.
For additional information, call 717-731-8662.


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