Chinese antiques will headline Converse two-session Internet-only auction Saturday, July 20 A little over 300 lots of quality merchandise will be sold in a two-session, Internet-only auction slated for Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. (EDT), by Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Wayne, Pa.
News-Antique.com - Jun 28,2013 - (WEST CHESTER, Pa.) – A little over 300 lots of quality merchandise will be sold in a two-session, Internet-only auction slated for Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. (EDT), by Gordon S. Converse & Co. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The catalog is online at AuctionsatConverse.com.
The first session, beginning promptly at 11 a.m., will feature 136 lots of antiques, to include fine art, period furniture, vintage clocks and decorative accessories. Then, with little or no break in the action, the second session will commence, offering 174 lots of important Asian antiques and arts. The firm’s March 23 online-only sale also featured many fine Chinese objects.
“We’re doing it this way – splitting it up into two sessions – so that people will be able to know what’s coming up as the day progresses,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Company. “We expect the Asian portion of the sale will attract good amount of attention, and we wanted all the items in that category to be grouped into one session. It’ll just make things easier.”
Mr. Converse added, “For the first time in one sale we have been fortunate to gather up a collection of better Asian antiques, with great variety and depth, to go with a fine selection of porcelains, artwork and furniture. We expect this sale to do well. It won’t feature as many lots as our March sale, but the quality is there. We expect to attract high-end buyers of Asian antiques.”
One of the items in session two is an antique Chinese carved throne chair believed to have been made in the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is being re-offered from the March sale because the buyer in that auction – Mr. Hau Yeung of Wausau, Wis. – did not make payment on his winning bid of $80,000. His LiveAuctioneers.com account name is hauhang123.
“After the sale, Mr. Yeung took photos of the chair and said he’d be back the following day to pay for it, but he never came back,” Mr. Converse said. “Since he is a registered bidder with us through LiveAuctioneers from a previous sale, we feel Mr. Yeung should be bound by the terms and conditions of the sale. So, we are currently exploring legal action against him.”
The throne chair is a highly sought after item by collectors of antique Chinese furniture. It was considered the highest form of chair for its time, as only emperors were permitted to sit in it. It is replete with delicate and sophisticated carving, and was crafted from zitan wood, which is known for its strength and durability. It is bed-like in shape, in accordance with Chinese custom.
Additional Chinese furniture pieces will include an early Qing Dynasty altar table with the top supported by pierce carved brackets, 70 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches by 34 inches, in well-worn and apparently original condition (but surface-cleaned with oils); and