ASIAN OBJECTS WILL BE SOLD ALONGSIDE LOTS FROM THE WESTERN CULTURE AT CONVERSE & COMPANY’S EAST MEETS WEST AUCTION
The auction will be held in the firm’s gallery, at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, Pennsylvania
MALVERN, Pa. – An oil on board painting of a vase with flowers by Michael Dasburg (Am., 1887-1979), a miniature platinum and diamond Cartier pendant watch over 100 years old, and a Chinese spinach jade screen carved in bas relief of deer in the forest are a few of the expected top lots at Converse & Company’s East Meets West antiques auction on Friday, February 19th.The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Converse & Company’s gallery at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, in eastern Pennsylvania, not far off I-76, north and west of Philadelphia; and online at www.AuctionsatConverse.com; plus on six additional platforms: LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, Auctionzip.com, on Live Auctions eBay and at epaiLive.com.
Asian objects will be sold alongside items from the Western culture – hence the title East Meets West – in a sale with more than 300 lots. These will include fine jewelry, antique clocks, period furniture (including fine American pieces), fine art (mostly watercolors, oils and prints), African tribal art, Steiff toys, fine Chinese carvings, cloisonné, furniture, porcelains, scrolls and more.
The oil painting by Michael Dasburg, artist-signed lower left and measuring 15 inches by 12 ¼ inches, has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$5,000, but it is believed the final price will be considerably more. Dasburg, who was born in Paris but worked mostly in New York and New Mexico, was a pioneer of American Modernism and a leading early exponent of Cubism.
The small Cartier watch, made circa 1890-1910, has an “open face” format and a silvered dial that is signed “Cartier Paris.” It has a diamond set monogram verso, and diamonds around the case. The 17-jewel watch is Swiss – a lever escapement gold gilt bar lever type – and at just over 2mm thin it is probably the thinnest watch ever made. It is expected to realize $5,000-$10,000.
The low-numbered lots in the auction represent the East side of the sale – that is, objects from Asia, many of them rare and highly collectible. The aforementioned spinach jade screen is a prime example. Housed in a finely carved frame, all wood joined, the piece measures 22 ½ inches tall by 15 inches wide. It carries a quite reasonable pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
A pair of dark dense Chinese cabinets made from the prized tropical hardwood zitan, featuring three shelves defined by a pierced trellis that wraps three sides fashioned in a rectilinear style, 73 inches tall each, should fetch $3,000-$5,000; while a jade standing monk in green jade, displayed within a blue enameled and gilt bronze stand, should hammer for $4,000-$6,000.
A late 17th century fine Qianlong three-piece censer having a finely-pierced wood lid with a carved jade finial and a custom-made wood base, in a thick glazed enamel-like ducai, has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000; and a pearl, bloodstone, green jade and blue hardstone Chao Zhu necklace, in a lacquer-decorated circular case, 8 inches by 3 inches, should hit $2,000-$3,000.
A stunning Qianlong marked famille rose moonflask with meandering vine and flower pattern, in enamel-like ducai colors, 6 inches by 13 inches, is expected to garner $1,200-$1,500; while a Ming blue and white plate with a meandering vine enclosing a central tendriled gourd design, 17 ½ inches by 3 inches, should make $400-$600. Many other Asian objects will also be offered.
Back to the West, two jewelry lots carry identical estimates of $1,500-$2,000. One is a custom-made 18kt yellow gold “lion” brooch with head and mane pavéd with diamonds, bezel-set ruby eyes and a natural pearl for a belly. The other is a 14kt white and yellow gold, diamond and sapphire brooch with a large cabochon center stone of light green jade.
A late 18th century Georgian bracket clock featuring a brass engraved dial signed “Christ(opher) Moon, London,” having a double fuse clockworks and crown wheel escapement, in a mahogany veneer bell top case, should rise to $1,500-$3,000; and a pair of Isamu Noguchi style end tables in the Boomerang style, measuring 21 ¼ inches by 32 ½ inches, are expected to fetch $300-$600.
A solid walnut early 19th century Northeastern United States regional Chippendale tall chest with three drawers over two over four graduated drawers, featuring bracket feet and brass pulls, 59 inches tall, should command $600-$900; and an 18th or 19th century Northeastern U.S. walnut blanket chest with bracket feet and three exterior drawers, 51 inches tall, should hit $200-$500.
A pair of well-cast French garniture bronzes, signed by Emile Boyer (Fr., 1877-1948), both mounted onto original circular black marble bases and with good, aged patina, should reach $800-$1,500; while a Tunisian leather belt in worn condition, 40 inches long, with applied-on coins and metal medallions, is estimated at $80-$120.
A grey-green three-gallon stoneware crock, stencil-signed by E. J. Miller & Son and free-form decorated, offering the address “#65 King Street, Alexandria, VA,” 13 ¾ inches tall, in excellent condition throughout, is expected to go for $200-$400; and a collection of five vintage teddy bears is expected to fetch $120-$250. The tallest teddy is 14 ½ inches; one has a damaged paw.
Previews will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17th, and Thursday, Feb. 18th, from 10-4 Eastern time. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Converse & Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (610) 722-9004; or, you can e-mail Todd Converse, at Todd@ConverseClocks.com.
For more information about Converse & Company and the East Meets West antiques auction on Friday, Feb. 19th, visit www.AuctionsatConverse.com. Updates are posted frequently.
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