WEST CHESTER, PA.-
Around 950 lots in an array of categories antique clocks, estate jewelry, Asian objects and furniture, sterling silver, fine art, decorative accessories, tribal art and African objects will be sold in an Internet-only auction Saturday, Mar. 23, beginning at 7 a.m. (PT) by Gordon S. Converse & Co. Bidders can access the catalog now via www.AuctionsAtConverse.com
Internet bidding is being hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com. Live previews will be held on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 21-22, from 10-4, or by appointment, in a showroom located at 1128 Greenhill Road in West Chester, Pa., 19380. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Gordon S. Converse & Co. is based in Wayne, not far away, in eastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
This is an ambitious auction, for sure, said Todd Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co. At nearly 1,000 lots, its way bigger than most of our previous sales. But were excited about it because there is so much great merchandise in so many categories. There really is something for everyone. Also, shipping will be available on all but about 100 larger items.
The lots are eclectic and freewheeling, ranging from a box of about twelve sailing-related tools, engraved scrimshawed hangings and a damaged octant (est. $60-$120) to original Little Archie comic book art (est. $100-$200). An expected star of the vintage clocks category is a gold-toned and glass-cased LeCoultre Atmos clock dating to the early 1960s (est. $400-$700).
Fine art will feature an oil on canvas painting by Earnest Townsend (N.Y., 1893-1944), titled Bermuda Waters, 27 inches by 31 inches, housed in a later gilt wood frame and signed lower right (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an oil on canvas by Christopher Shearer (Am., 1846-1926), depicting a village scene, 33 ½ inches by 40 ½ inches and signed lower left (est. $1,200-$1,500).
Asian (mostly Chinese) antiques, objects and furniture will be plentiful. Star lots will include a finely carved Chinese 19th century wood-carved immortal, about 15 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a fine and impressive 19th century gilt bronze Buddha casting on a conforming attached base, 15 inches by 12 inches, showing some wear (est. $4,500-$8,500).
Also offered will be a Chinese huanghuali altar table, about 32 inches tall by 67 inches wide (est. $5,000-$10,000); Chinese scrolls attributed to Fu Baoshi and Feng Zikai (both est. $8,000-$12,000); and a pair of Chinese zitan horseshoe chairs in black lacquer (or dark finish) of dense, heavy zitan hardwood and with elaborate carved splat in bas relief (est. $5,000-$7,000).
More items from Asia include a Chinese zitan stand, 31 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000); a Qing Imperial jade seal in a zitan box about 7 ¼ inches tall (est. $1,000-$2,000); a Chinese zitan and jade ruyi, or curved ceremonial scepter (est. $1,250-$2,000); a stack of old Chinese currency (est. $300-$500); a set of four Tianhuang seals in a 4 ½ inch square huanghuali box (est. $400-$600); and a Chinese blue and white Qianlong vase, 14 ½ inches tall (est. $400-$600).
Estate jewelry items will feature a platinum Swiss ladies dress wristwatch made by the Glycine Watch Company, including a special clasp and set with sapphires and diamonds (est. $2,500-$5,000); and a hunting cased ladies pendant watch in Warranted Assay 14kt gold, with a fully running stem-wind nickel-plated jeweled duplex escapement movement (est. $80-$120).
Sterling silver will include an assembled five-piece tea set (Philadelphia), with a 1 ½ pint teapot by Gorham (and sold by Bailey Banks and Biddle), a 1 ¾ pint chocolate pot, a two-pint teapot and warmer (sold by J.F. Caldwell) and a creamer and sugar, all with combined weights of over 81 troy oz. (est. $1,000-$1,250); and a fine and multi-sided Tiffany & Co. silver bowl, 2 ½ inches by 8 inches, marked 18165 and 5169 and weighing 16.85 troy oz. (est. $4,000-$1,000).
African objects will include a carved wooden statue, 10 ½ inches tall (est. $100-$200).
Gordon S. Converse & Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, you can send an email to either Todd@ConverseClocks.com or Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.