March 26th Quarterly Catalog

Past Auction

March 26, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Bunch Auctions


On March 26, 2019, William Bunch Auctions will present a spectacular display of 18th, 19th & 20th century antiques, decorative arts, sculpture, and fine arts at their auction facility in Chadds Ford, PA. The 500+ lot sale is comprised of fresh to market offerings from a large private collection of 18th & 19th c formal furniture, early brass dial tall case clocks & barometers, pocket & wrist watches, jewelry, silver, Asian ceramics and decorative arts, rare books, early Leica cameras, musical instruments, collector’s lamps & other lighting, large collection of animalier & other bronzes, “Count Bruhl's Tailor” Meissen figurine, Lalique Double Swan set, more porcelain & crystal.

100+ lots of furniture feature a once in a lifetime opportunity to select from 10 amazing breakfronts and bookcases of the 19th c ranging from a usual residential size of 72” to an impressive 20’ in width! All break down for ease of moving and installation. If your library needs a desk as well, there is a Extra Grade Wooten Rotary desk in a beautiful original finish to be sold, as well as an 18th c walnut Chester County slant front with serpentine blocked interior, Garvan Newport Chippendale Mahogany Block & Shell  Desk/Bookcase, many other flattop, slant front, and cylinder desks of American and Continental origin. Dining room furniture features a 12 pc carved walnut Italian Renaissance set, a reproduction Stickley Mission oak suite with Harvey Ellis inspired chairs, cherry Stickley dining room set, Regency tables, console tables, many display cabinets, mid-century furniture, 18th c American furniture, so much more, all in amazing condition!

An offering of 35 clocks features an exceedingly rare floor regulator by William F Ladd, NY, c 1850-70, in a Gothic mahogany case with mercury jar pendulum designed for use in stock exchange markets. Other rare American clocks include an all original Howard No. 1 banjo and a Seth Thomas No. 19 wall regulator with mercury jar pendulum. Continental clocks are headlined by a monumental 3 pc champleve enameled bronze clock set by Barbedienne & Cie, the clock 21” h. Other clocks to include American and Continental, for wall and shelf display, all desirable examples. 20+ pocket and wrist watches are highlighted by an 18K Patek Philippe for Tiffany pocket watch, 18K Swiss minute repeating pocket watch, Dunand ¼ hr repeating pocket watch, and 18K Longines for Tiffany pocket watch. Wrist watches to include Tag Heuer, Seiko, Longines Lindbergh, Omegas, LeCoultre Alarm, Gerald Genta Geneve Minnie Mouse, IWC 18K Little DaVinci, Chopard Happy Sport Floating Diamond,and  Ebel 18K WAVE. 

We are also proud to present 20+ lots of gold and precious jewelry including a 10K gold snake armband, a 14K gold Egyptian pharaoh pendant, and several sizable diamond rings.

An extremely rare Leica Model 1A SN 363 with an Anastigmat lens and a great provenance highlights our collection of early Leicas.

Over 80 lots of fine art and sculpture are showcased in this Quarterly Catalog Auction. These pieces represent the work of 50+  artists spanning 5 centuries. Featured items include:

Lot 6411: Talbot Hughes (British, 1869-1942), painting, "The Card Cheat", oil on board, signed Talbot Hughes 1892, original gilt frame, 27 1/4"x36", framed 33 3/4" x 42 1/4", very good original condition, needs cleaning, Est $10,000-$20,000

Lot 6439: Hans Erni (Swiss, 1909-2015), Large Painting Female Nude, oil on canvas, signed Erni, 58-3/4"h x 31-1/2"w, very good condition, Est $4,000-$8000

Lot 6448: Felix Ziem (French, 1821-1911), "Embarquement sur le Quai des Esclavons, Venice", oil on canvas, signed "Ziem" lower right, includes certificate from Association Felix Ziem and will be included in their catalogue raisonne, 29" x 39-1/2", framed 34-1/4" x 44-3/4", good condition, no holes or tears, age cracking, areas of inpainting mostly in sky, Est $20,000-$30,000

Lot 6451: Peter Sculthorpe (American, b 1948), PA artist, original watercolor painting, "Little Woods", depicting a Brandywine Valley stone house in a winter landscape with horse, one of the most impressive Sculthorpes to come to market; this original watercolor on paper was later published as a print which quickly sold out, signed "P Sculthorpe" lower left, measures 36" x 62" sight, framed 47" x 22”, excellent condition, from a local home, Est $8,000-$12,000

Lot 6469: Leopold Seyffert (American 1887-1956), "Portrait of Bayard Henry", director of the Insurance Company of North America from 1904-1926, oil on canvas, signed "Leopold Seyffert" lower right, mounted in gilt Newcomb-Macklin frame, 30" x 25", framed 35-3/4" x 30-3/4", good condition, professionally restored and relined, areas of gilt loss on frame, Est $2,000-$4,000

Lot 6409: Minoru Kawabata (Japanese 1911-2001), "Abstract Painting Form from Robe", acrylic on canvas, 78" x 66", signed M. Kawabata, 1985 on back, Jack Tilton Gallery label on back, provenance: from a corporate collection, very good condition with small blemish in center, Est $15,000-25,000


Additional artists to include: Lillian Adams, Yaacov Agam, Ronald Bateman, William Baziotes, George Bellows, George Booz, Mary Cable Butler, Thomas Chimes, Frank Coburn, Marie Constantin, Luigi Corbellini, Salvador Dali, Petrus Drevet, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Erno Erb, Hans Erni, Georg Fischof, Thomas Fransioli, Sidney Goodman, Paul Gorka. Sidney Gross, Bradley Hendershot, Marcy Hermansader, George Hinke, Biu Huu Hung, Talbot Hughes, Philip Jamison, Sarkis Katchadourian, Robert Fulton Logan, George Herbert Macrum, Paul Meltzner, Alois Lecoque, Gill Parker, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Hughes Claude Pissarro, Peter Sculthorpe, Leopold Seyffert, James Siebert,  Geoffrey Smith, Anna Sogno, Itzchak Tarkay, Marcel Vertes, Felix Ziem

A fantastic collection of animalier bronzes are led by a 60” figural pair of soaring eagles by Chester Fields titled “Majestic Courtship.” While Fields has this stunning piece priced on his website at $150,000, it is being sold on the 26th with no reserve. The sculptural works are primarily bronze, with a great number of figural animals. Traditional Grand Tour sculpture is represented by a Clodion bronze sculpture, "Bacchanalia", along with some classical marble and alabaster busts. Featured artists include Barry Norling, Blair Buswell, Charles Parks, Forest Hart, Ferdinand Pautrot, Geoffrey Smith, George Motycka, Glenn Hines, Gil Parker, Grant Speed, Hans Stoltenberg – Lerche, James Siebert, Jerry Joslin, Lawrence Braun, Len McCann, Peirre Jules Mene, Robert Signorella, William Veasey, Thomas Melahn, Tivi K, and more.

A select group of exceptional books is up for auction, featuring rare Charles Dickens first editions including one with a letter from Dickens to his publisher, a rare 1st Ed William Jackson, "Washington's Monuments of Patriotism", 1st Ed William Burroughs “Naked Lunch”, Denis Petau, 1721 "Opus de Theologicis Dogmatibus", 1st Edition, Virginia Woolf, "Street Haunting", Signed Copy, Elizabeth Seabrook, "Cabbages and Kings", and more!

Collector’s lamps from Tiffany, Pairpoint, Duffner & Kimberly, Pittsburgh, and Moe Bridges are joined by a Calcite Steuben ceiling fixture and a pair of Murano satin glass fruit hanging lamps. A choice group of porcelain is led by Meissen’s “Count Bruhl’s Tailor on a Goat”, followed by monumental Sevres and Vienna HP covered urns along with 2 choice porcelain plaques, one by KPM. Attractive offerings in silver, smoking collectibles, Asian ceramic & decorative art plus more fill out one our most prestigious sales! Preview will be held at the saleroom on Friday, March 22 from 12 PM - 5 PM, Sunday March 24 from 12 PM - 4 PM, Monday, March 25 from 9 AM - 7 PM, and Tuesday from 9 AM through the sale. Sunday’s preview will feature free wine and cheese provided by Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery.

The complete catalog can be viewed on the web at With our BunchLive bidding platform you can bid online, in real-time, with the same premiums we offer in-house buyers. Please feel free to call our office at 610-558-1800 or email us at  for any inquiries or information requests. Happy bidding! 

Exhibition Times

Bunch Auctions
Fri, Mar 22, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 24, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Mon, Mar 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM EDT

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