Sterling silver: Vast English candelabra and spectacular Irish urn lead antiques auction

Pook & Pook Inc. will sell the collection of business executive J. William Warehime of Hanover, Pa., on Saturday, March 26th. Live internet bidding will be available.

Born in 1927, Warehime was the son of Harry and Airie Warehime, founders of the Hanover Foods Corp. He worked in the family business and also at the head of Warehime Enterprises, a leasing and investment company, and later was on the board of directors for Snyders of Hanover.

Warehime was an enthusiastic collector of antiques, furnishing the Myers Mansion, which he later donated to the Hanover Area Historical Society. J. William Warehime died Jan. 10, 2008.

Collectors and dealers alike with be interested in the monumental pair of English silver candelabra bearing the touch of Robert Garrard. Each have six serpentine arms and are ornately decorated with bellflower chains, shells, flowers and acanthus leaves and an engraved coat of arms. The pair is 30 3/4 inches high and carries an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

An Irish silver hot water urn bearing the touch of Smith & Gamble will also attract much attention. Bearing a coat of arms inscribed "Fortitudine Et Prudentia" and measuring 17 1/2 inches high, it is expected to bring within its $5,000-$10,000 estimate.

Irish urn
Fancy a cuppa? The silver Irish hot water urn

Several other pieces of interesting silver include a Steiff three-piece tea service with repoussé decoration, a continental silver basket, a Redlich & Co. centrepiece bowl and a Steiff ladle in the rose pattern.

A major focus of the sale will be a wide variety of porcelain objects. A massive Royale Vienna urn with a painted portrait of Ruth and signed Prellen is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

A Sevres type thee-piece ormolu mounted garniture, a pair of Sevres type urns with hand-painted courting scenes and a pair of Meissen-type pate-sur-pate urns will attract attention. A large Sevres type urn with hand-painted scene of a man and woman surround by putti is expected to bring 2,000-$4,000.

Other porcelain of interest include an ormolu mounted Imari centrepiece bowl, a large rose medallion palace vase, two Meissen flower-encrusted cups and saucers, a large celadon urn, famille verte vases and a group of Royal Worcester pieces.

The sale has many ornate decorative objects. A French ormolu tureen with dragon form cover is estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a pair of ormolu mounted marble candelabra with pedestal bases carry the same estimate.

Elaborate clocks include a French enameled brass and painted porcelain three-piece clock garniture (est. $500-$1,000), a French bronze doré wall clock retailed by Tiffany (est. $1,000-$2,000) and a French ormolu clock by Gille Laine Paria (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Fancy pairs of marble urns, gilt lusters, Baccarat and Steuben glass, Chinese carved ivory and hard stone and crystal candelabra add to the mix of exciting objects.

Highlights in the furniture category include a Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger-maple tall-case clock with an eight-day brass face works, a George II Japanned tall-case clock by Rob Swan, Bridlington, and an Adams-style satinwood console table. Other items include a two-part Welsh cupboard, a George III walnut tabletop desk, a Williams Kimp Hepplewhite-style sideboard, a marquetry inlaid games table and a George III-style marble-top server.

Several paintings will be featured. An oil-on-canvas interior scene by Otto Leitz is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. A harbour scene by Richard Henry Nibbs, a British artist is titled Amersham Bucks. An oil on canvas landscape with figures by Thomas Smythe as well as a Continental interior scene depicting a man and woman playing chess will garner interest.


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