CHINESE ANTIQUES WILL BE SOLD ALONGSIDE ITEMS FROM THE WESTERN CULTURE AT GORDON S. CONVERSE & CO.’S “EAST MEETS WEST” AUCTION

| September 13, 2013

The auction will be held Oct. 4th at the People’s Light & Theater Company in Malvern, Pa.

(MALVERN, Pa.) – Asian objects (such as Chinese furniture, fine arts and porcelains) will be sold alongside items from the Western culture (like traditional artwork, antique clocks and period furniture) at an “East Meets West” auction slated for Friday, Oct. 4, by Gordon S. Converse & Company, at the People’s Light & Theater Company in Malvern, at 1 p.m. (EST).

Pair of 16 ½ inch tall vases with dramatic Ming-style dragons swirling below two Phoenix birds

Pair of 16 ½ inch tall vases with dramatic Ming-style dragons swirling below two Phoenix birds


The auction will feature around 350 lots, some from East and some from West (and some from Africa). The worldwide mix of merchandise is especially pertinent now, in light of today’s strong interest in Asian items. These will include a remarkable collection of around 10-20 pieces of Chinese furniture (many of them highly decorated), zitan wood items and beautiful porcelains.

The West lots will include antique clocks from the estate of Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, an important Federal tall case clock signed on the dial “E. Willard” (for Ephraim Willard, the brother of renowned clock maker Simon Willard), and a rare pocket “clock watch” (it strikes on the hour, like a clock), made circa 1780 by Monnier & Mussard (Geneva).

The West will also boast a variety of traditional, American-made antiques, fine artworks from a Pennsylvania collector, a set of six sketches of various theater activities by the British Impressionist Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) housed in four frames (two works show sketches on both sides of the same paper), sterling silver and furniture. There will also be about 35 lots from Africa. The themes of these diverse cultures will all come together in a well-rounded sale.

The East portion probably contains more lots with that “wow” factor – dazzlers that are as beautiful to look at as they are collectible. An example is a remarkable and highly decorative authentic Qing period lantern with reverse painted glasses, framed out in an ebonized hardwood with added jewelry. The piece is wired for electricity but still features the remaining hardware.

Another example is a large and extraordinarily fine Chinese embroidery on silk from the 20th century, measuring 22 inches by 46 inches. The piece has a brocaded silk mat and is housed in a glazed frame. The many colors and intricate needlework bring a variety of birds to life as they fly through the air to rest on land. Dimensions, including frame, are 42 inches by 50 inches.

The 15 or so lots of Chinese furniture will include a pair of 19th century wraparound arm rest hardwood chairs with carved and pierced back splats, 40 inches in height, with a 29-inch matching end table (to be sold as a three-piece lot). Chinese decorative accessories will feature a pair of 16 ½-inch-tall lidded vases with dramatic Ming-style dragons below two Phoenix birds.

Other noteworthy Asian lots include a rare, richly decorated pair of Qing lidded cloisonné tureens made around 1900 as a birthday gift for the Chinese Empress Tzu-Hsi, each measuring 11 inches by 15 ½ inches by 11 ½ inches; and a carved and finished triad set of spinach jade, all presented on a custom-carved stand, 15 inches tall overall and a truly exquisite example of jade.

The “E. Willard”-signed mahogany Federal tall case clock has a provenance nearly as intriguing as the clock itself. It’s been in the consignor’s family since it was first made, over 200 years ago, and comes with written documentation to back that up. Mr. Converse, a clock expert, has personally cleaned and maintained the clock since the 1980s. It’s a rare and important clock.

The Monnier & Mussard “clock watch” is extremely rare (as are all 18th century pocket “clock watches”). People often confuse them with the so-called “repeating” watches because they chime on bells or gongs. But a “clock watch” will strike like a clock, without needing action from the viewer. “Clock watches” are believed to have originated as travel (or “coach”) watches.

“We’re expecting a healthy turnout for this auction, but because of the success of our recent online-only auctions we expect participation on the Internet to be strong as well,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Wayne, Pa. “We’ve developed a solid online following because of our superior photography, cataloging and fast shipping services.”

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Traffic is also being driven through the Gordon S. Converse & Co. website, at AuctionsatConverse.com. Previews will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, starting At 5:30 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 4, the day of sale, from 9 a.m. until the first gavel falls at 1 p.m., plus during the auction on a limited basis.

The People’s Light & Theater Company is located at 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, a city situated in eastern Pennsylvania, not far off Interstate 76, north and west of Philadelphia. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Gordon Converse has been an antique gallery owner for over 30 years. He has also served as an appraiser on the hit series Antiques Roadshow.

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 e-mail to Todd Converse, at Todd@ConverseClocks.com, or Gordon Converse, at Gordon@ConverseClocks.com. All e-mailed inquiries get prompt replies.

Anyone interested in finding out what an antique item might be worth may do so by sending a photo of the item, along with a check for $50, to Gordon S. Converse & Co., Attn: Gordon S. Converse, 758 Mancill Rd., Wayne, PA 19087. To learn more about Gordon S. Converse & Co., and the October 4th auction, please log on to www.AuctionsatConverse.com

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