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.
a pair of late 19th century Qing Dynasty horseshoe-back folding chairs with arm rests and intricately carved backs.
Chinese artwork will include a watercolor rendering with rural scenery, signed by Li Keran (1907-1989), the renowned contemporary Chinese painter and art educator, whose style emulates both ancient and modern masters; and a watercolor signed by Li Kuchan (1899-1983), a great master of the traditional Chinese free idea painting. The work is 37 inches by 16 inches.
The sale will feature two watercolor paintings (one of them a scroll) by Zhang Daqian, the artist also known as Chang Dai-chien who is heralded as one of China’s most gifted artists. His output spans the early Chinese Masters to later works showing a more Western influence. He is known for his fakes of works by Chinese Masters that are indistinguishable from the originals.
Other Chinese offerings will include a pair of Cantonese famille rose vases, decorated with a Chinese opera story, each one about 35 ½ inches tall; one lot consisting of 13 pieces of Chinese currency, all dated 1953; and a carved green jade seal with a set of eight jade plaques. Bidders take note: the box lid does not fit perfectly and it is believed to be a replacement lid.
American furniture pieces will include a solid walnut tilt-top candle stand with inlay, 28 inches tall, probably from eastern Maryland; and a cabinet that has been festively hand-painted all over with floral images. It has a single drawer set above a one-door cabinet, on cabriole legs.
Only a half dozen or so clocks will be sold, a fact that will feel strange to fans of Gordon S. Converse & Co., which built its reputation largely on the sale of rare and antique timepieces. One lot, though, is certain to attract bidder attention: a 34-inch early banjo clock in the original ‘crossbanded’ style with mahogany carcass, all attributed to Simon Willard (circa 1802-1805).
Rounding out just a few more of the sale’s expected highlights is a framed and matted antique map, signed by the noted London engraver and prolific map maker John Lodge (1754-1796), measuring 13 inches by 20 inches; and not one but two medical (or hospital) lamps.
For anyone interested in personally examining the items to be sold in the auction, a live preview will be held on the day (or days) prior to auction day, or by appointment, in a showroom located at 1128 Greenhill Road in West Chester, Pa. For info log on to AuctionsatConverse.com. Gordon S. Converse & Co. is based in Wayne, Pa., in eastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
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.
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