Stephensons Auction Welcomes 2008 With Outstanding New Years Day Sale

More than 900 on-site, online and telephone bidders competed for a variety of exceptional lots in various categories during Stephenson’s Auction 15th annual New Year’s Day Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction. The sale was held at Stephenson’s gallery in Southampton, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

Top lots included two Patrick Collins oils on board: Tinkerwoman and Child, which realized $21,275, and Cottages in the Bog, which commanded $26,450. These paintings represented some of the standouts from the estate of Louise Lux-Sions, a former writer for Time-Life and various newspapers.

“With nine telephone bidders as well as gallery and online bidders enthusiastically competing for these paintings that were offered with provenance, the same overseas bidder prevailed on both pieces,” reports Cindy Stephenson, ISA AM.

“Lux-Sions kept meticulous records of her pieces, and even had the original 1961 canceled checks from when the paintings were purchased for $160 and $180 each from Hendricks Gallery in Dublin,” Stephenson adds “In addition to the canceled checks, Lux-Sions kept the receipts from her purchases as well as the overseas declarations.”

Other highlights of the Lux-Sions estate included a George Nakashima hanging cabinet, which drove the bidding to $8,625, and a Philippe Auguste oil-on-board still life that reached $2,415. A mid-20th-century teak occasional table with glass top by renowned Italian designer Gio Ponti was the subject of intense bidding in the gallery, on the telephone, and on the Internet. A New York City buyer claimed this piece, also from the Lux-Sions estate, for $6,325.

Sterling silver performed very well in this sale, as always at Stephenson’s, and most of the sterling silver hollowware featured in this sale came from a home near Reading, Pennsylvania. A set of 18 sterling 7 and a half-inch plates by Redlich & Company sold for $2,760. A Reed & Barton sterling silver footed center bowl sold for $1,725, and a pair of S. Kirk and Son sterling silver tongs brought $975. A sterling silver table warmer was bought online for $2,640, and a set of heirloom sterling silver flatware, service for 12, brought $1,440.

There were almost 100 lots of jewelry in this sale, with several pieces exceeding their auction estimates.

“A Victorian 14K rose gold, opal and diamond insect pin, estimated at $400 to $600, earned $860, while an 18K gold and diamond lizard pin with ruby eyes, estimated at $600 to $800, brought $1,080,” Stephenson says. Other jewelry highlights included a Waltham Masonic wristwatch, which ended the bidding at $1,150.

From a local Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home, a cherry eight-day tall case clock with works signed Wm. Whitaker was sold to a Maryland bidder for $9,890. Another Bucks County home yielded a circa 1920 9” Dominique Alonzo gilt bronze and ivory statue, “Claudine,” which sold for $4,440.

Several noteworthy items, such as two reverse-painted lamps, from an out-of-state spa delighted bidders in the Stephenson’s sale. A buyer from Saudi Arabia purchased one of them, a pairpoint lamp with a reverse-painted glass shade, for $5,280. A Bucks County dealer acquired a pair of hand-painted leaded glass doors from the spa for $3,335.

There were six Jos. Barrett oil paintings on the auction block, with the highest one realizing $5,280.

Stephenson’s Auction will hold its next Antiques and Decorative Arts auction in Spring 2008 at its gallery located at 1005 Industrial Boulevard, Southampton, Pennsylvania, 18966. For a current auction schedule, visit, or call (215) 322-6182. (Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.)