Asian antiques will be sold alongside Western culture items at Converse's "East Meets West" auction Asian objects (such as Chinese furniture, fine arts and porcelains) will be sold alongside items from the Western culture at an “East Meets West” auction slated for Oct. 4 by Gordon S. Converse & Co.
News-Antique.com - Sep 12,2013 - (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).
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