Spring Roundup Gallery Sale is scheduled for May 23rd by Gordon S. Converse & Co., in Malvern, Pa. Around 425 lots of quality estate merchandise in a broad mix of categories will come under the gavel on Friday, May 23rd, at Gordon S. Converse & Company's Spring Roundup Gallery Sale in Malvern, Pa.
News-Antique.com - Apr 30,2014 - MALVERN, Pa. – Around 425 lots of quality estate merchandise in a broad mix of categories will come under the gavel on Friday, May 23rd, when Gordon S. Converse & Company holds a Spring Roundup Gallery Sale, in its new location at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern (in eastern Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia). The auction will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).
Offered will be many interesting African and ethnic items (to include about a dozen Buddha figures that will be scattered throughout the sale), more than 50 fine artworks and prints, antique clocks (plus assorted lots of parts and partials from a clockmaker’s estate), an estimated 15 lots of stamps and currency, 19th century toys, children’s doll house items, Asian art items and more.
“Eclectic is the word that comes to mind when I think of the merchandise in this auction,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Company. “It’s the kind of sale we have a lot of fun with, because there really is something for just about everybody. Unusual items have been selected, with a great variety of ceramics, furniture, fine arts, collectibles and decorative arts.”
Two pieces in particular complement the Western “Roundup” theme of the sale. They are a watercolor of a Buckin’ Bronco by Edward Borein (Am., 1872-1945), signed in pencil lower right and housed in a 60+-year-old frame (8 ¾ inches by 9 ½ inches); and a cast and patinated bronze statue after Frederick Remington titled The Cowboy, 27 inches tall, on a marble base.
One eye-catching item that’s certain to attract local attention is an outlandish Mummers costume, named for the New Year’s Day “Mummers” parade, a classic annual event in Philadelphia. It’s a parade of locals who play stringed instruments and wear elaborately made feathered and sequined costumes. The costume being sold is complete with anklets, trousers, skirt, shirt, waistcoat, jacket and headdress.
The African and ethnic lots will feature an exceptional 19th century carved and painted wood African Yoruba figure of a female bowl bearer (12 ½ inches tall); a 19th century carved hardwood funeral pole (or grave marker) showing slender, towering images of the Giraiama people of eastern Africa (62 inches tall); and a carved wooden figure of a standing African male.
Also from this category: a 19th century wood carving of an African Yaka fetish figure, 12 inches tall and of exceptional quality, reportedly from the Duke University Museum; a pair of cast bronze African figures of a man and a woman (8 inches and 8 ½ inches) on a museum stand; and a 24 inch by 40 inch painted leather shield believed to have come from the Masai tribe of Kenya.
The dozen or so Buddhas will include a large Chinese cast bronze Buddha, 13 ¾ inches tall; a Chinese carved horn Buddha, 6 ¼ inches tall; a bronze Buddha, about 16 ½ inches tall; and a fine bronze Buddha head, with the head measuring a foot above the 4 ½ inch wood block stand.