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.
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.