Wonderful Chinese objects, antique clocks and watches at Converse Auctions' internet-only auction Over 600 lots – many of them rare, highly collectible Chinese objects and antiques from other Asian countries – will be sold in a 2-day, online-only auction planned for Nov. 4-5 by Converse Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Oct 21,2016 - MALVERN, Pa. - Over 600 lots – many of them rare, highly collectible Chinese objects and antiques from other Asian countries – will be sold in a two-day, online-only auction planned for November 4th and 5th by Converse Auctions. Items may be bid on directly through the firm's website – at www.auctionsatconverse.com – or via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Start times both days will be 10 am Eastern time. Session 1, on Friday, Nov. 4, will feature 320 lots of fine Chinese porcelain, jade, cloisonné, furniture, bronzes, paintings, fabrics and jewelry. Session 2, the next day (Nov. 5) will include an additional 130 Chinese and other Asian items.
The Saturday session will also contain 160 lots of American, European and tribal items, plus numerous clocks and watches (including marked Fabergé, tall case, banjo, carriage, Rolex, Patek Philippe and pocket watches), fine paintings, sterling silver, antique toys and period furniture.
The auction has been aptly named an Important Autumn Antique Auction. Many items exude importance, such as the expected top lot, a monumental pair of Chinese cloisonné covered tripod censers with a design of lotus blossoms and tendrils surrounding the centralized longevity Shou character. The 15 ½ inch tall pair, supported on three cabriole legs, should fetch $8,000-$12,000.
Several lots in Session 1 carry identical estimates of $3,000-$5,000. One is a large Chinese hand-carved spinach green jade table screen, with carvings that depict deer and a pine tree under a sliver of a moon on the front and a village scene with a river, bridge and trees on the reverse. The custom hardwood frame is 22 ¾ inches by 14 ½ inches; the jade dark green with subtle veining.
Another is a Chinese naturally shaped and carved stone, lavishly decorated in gold on lapis lazuli (a semi-precious blue stone), 17 inches tall. The hand painting is of double dragons (done in pen and ink) and flaming pearls. A third is a Chinese spinach green jade brushpot, 6 ½ inches tall and weighing 9 pounds. The body is cylindrical and straight. The exterior depicts a pair of dragons.
The fourth $3,000-$5,000 lot is a pair of finely embroidered Chinese Kesi on gold silk, 89 ¾ inches by 29 inches, with lavish depictions and displayed in a gold gilt frame under glass. The fifth is a large Chinese cloisonné and jade ruyi (Chinese amulet in the form of a curved, lobed scepter), with the three inset jade carvings incised with calligraphy and nicely accented in gold.
A roll of Chinese tapestry silk fabric, 28 ¾ inches by 324 inches, having a dark gold background with metallic gold threads highlighting a medallion and lattice floral motif, with calligraphy and a paper seal on the outside edge, should bring $4,000-$6,000; while a Chinese blue and white celestial vase with bulbous body and two cylindrical ears, 17 ¾ inches tall, should hit $300-$500.
A pair of zitan double-dragon stacking cabinets, carved to appear as four stacked boxes, each one 23 ¾ inches by 12 ¼ inches by