Asian objects, items from the Western culture at Converse & Company's East Meets West sale, Feb. 19 An oil on board painting of a vase with flowers by Michael Dasburg (Am., 1887-1979) and a miniature platinum and diamond Cartier pendant watch over 100 years old will be sold on Friday, February 19th.
News-Antique.com - Feb 05,2016 - MALVERN, Pa. – An oil on board painting of a vase with flowers by Michael Dasburg (Am., 1887-1979), a miniature platinum and diamond Cartier pendant watch over 100 years old, and a Chinese spinach jade screen carved in bas relief of deer in the forest are a few of the expected top lots at Converse & Company’s East Meets West antiques auction on Friday, February 19th.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Converse & Company’s gallery at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, in eastern Pennsylvania, not far off I-76, north and west of Philadelphia; and online at www.AuctionsatConverse.com; plus on six additional platforms: LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, Auctionzip.com, on Live Auctions eBay and at epaiLive.com.
Asian objects will be sold alongside items from the Western culture – hence the title East Meets West – in a sale with more than 300 lots. These will include fine jewelry, antique clocks, period furniture (including fine American pieces), fine art (mostly watercolors, oils and prints), African tribal art, Steiff toys, fine Chinese carvings, cloisonné, furniture, porcelains, scrolls and more.
The oil painting by Michael Dasburg, artist-signed lower left and measuring 15 inches by 12 ¼ inches, has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$5,000, but it is believed the final price will be considerably more. Dasburg, who was born in Paris but worked mostly in New York and New Mexico, was a pioneer of American Modernism and a leading early exponent of Cubism.
The small Cartier watch, made circa 1890-1910, has an “open face” format and a silvered dial that is signed “Cartier Paris.” It has a diamond set monogram verso, and diamonds around the case. The 17-jewel watch is Swiss – a lever escapement gold gilt bar lever type – and at just over 2mm thin it is probably the thinnest watch ever made. It is expected to realize $5,000-$10,000.
The low-numbered lots in the auction represent the East side of the sale – that is, objects from Asia, many of them rare and highly collectible. The aforementioned spinach jade screen is a prime example. Housed in a finely carved frame, all wood joined, the piece measures 22 ½ inches tall by 15 inches wide. It carries a quite reasonable pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
A pair of dark dense Chinese cabinets made from the prized tropical hardwood zitan, featuring three shelves defined by a pierced trellis that wraps three sides fashioned in a rectilinear style, 73 inches tall each, should fetch $3,000-$5,000; while a jade standing monk in green jade, displayed within a blue enameled and gilt bronze stand, should hammer for $4,000-$6,000.
A late 17th century fine Qianlong three-piece censer having a finely-pierced wood lid with a carved jade finial and a custom-made wood base, in a thick glazed enamel-like ducai, has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000; and a pearl, bloodstone, green jade and blue hardstone Chao Zhu necklace, in a lacquer-decorated circular case, 8 inches by 3 inches, should hit $2,000-$3,000.