Converse Auctions saying farewell to 2016 with a new name, a new owner and a big auction Dec. 30th Converse Auctions will bid farewell to 2016 with a new name, a new owner and a New Year’s online auction, planned for Friday, December 30th, packed with over 350 lots of fine Chinese antiques.
News-Antique.com - Dec 14,2016 - MALVERN, Pa. – Converse Auctions will bid farewell to 2016 with a new name, a new owner and a New Year’s online auction, planned for Friday, December 30th, packed with over 350 lots of fine Chinese antiques, including a rare and important Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) Jun Yao bowl. People can register to bid and view the catalog at www.converseauctions.com.
The company has changed its name to Converse Auctions from Gordon S. Converse & Co., founded by Gordon Converse, who began his career as a horologist and an appraiser on the hit PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Converse Auctions is now solely owned and operated by M. Todd Converse.
It’s a seamless transition. Todd had already been working and learning under his father, and he brings 15 years’ of experience to his new position. As someone who understands the auction business and has a deep appreciation of beautiful things, Todd Converse brings a renewed energy to Converse Auctions. Todd proudly displays his family's ancestral crest in the new logo, representing his respect for history and his commitment to fair trade and customer satisfaction.
Right now his focus is on presenting fine items in the Dec. 30 sale. “This auction offers everything from exquisite jade carvings, porcelain and jewelry to bronze Buddhas and zitan furniture,” Converse said. “It also has beautiful art pieces, cloisonné and unusual plique-a-jour.” The auction will start at 10 am Eastern time. Previews will be held Dec. 28-29, from 10-4, in the Malvern showroom at 57 Lancaster Avenue.
With a pre-auction estimate of $10,000-$15,000, the Yuan Dynasty Jun Yao bowl is the sale’s expected top lot. The bowl is glazed in the traditional complex blue glaze, developed in the Henan province during the Northern Song and Jin dynasties. The curving sides rise from a short, unglazed foot. The interior is pale blue, with a purple splash. The bowl was last sold in 1956.
Chinese white jade pieces are expected to do particularly well. A possible challenger to the Yuan Dynast bowl for top lot honors is a white jade vase in the shape of moon flask, with curved, scroll-shaped ears from the neck to shoulder, 7 ¾ inches tall. Carved with a central character and the outside of the body bordered in a ruyi pattern, the lot is estimated to gavel for $5,000-$8,000.
Two other white jade pieces have identical estimates of $3,000-$5,000. One is a bowl carved in a lotus blossom form with eight lobes and a beveled mouth rim. The translucent bowl is raised on a low splayed foot ring. The other is a superbly carved 19th century lidded urn with pierced dragon handles and carved dragons and clouds, bordered by plantain leaves, meander and dragon forms.
A pair of antique Chinese zitan and porcelain wardrobes, each panel decorated with bamboo and birds, two Chinese characters and the artist’s red seal, 94 inches tall by 47 inches wide each, should realize $4,000-$6,000; and a vertical landscape scroll of a mountain in clouds over a tiny house at