Auction Preview: Internet-Only Sale Hosted by Gordon S. Converse & Co.
This solid cast bronzed and polished brass Chelsea clock set with ship's wheel and 3 ½ inch dials will be among the items up for auction in an online-only auction beginning on Nov. 18.
STRAFFORD, Pa. – More than 400 quality lots of merchandise, drawn from prominent estates and collections and in a wide array of categories, will be sold in an Internet-only auction that has already gone online and will conclude with live bidding on Friday, Nov. 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (EST). The sale is being conducted by Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Strafford.
The entire catalog may be viewed online and online bidding is being facilitated by Live Auctioneers. Folks hyperlinking to the catalog will quickly realize there is something for practically everybody in this sale, with many items carrying low pre-sale estimates (a plus as holiday season approaches).
A few of the lots expected to generate strong bidder interest include a large Chelsea ship’s timepiece mounted onto a molded frame, with dial signed “Harrison & Co., Montreal”; a solid brass cast bronzed and polished brass Chelsea clock set with ship’s wheel, signed “Negus, New York”; a 3-inch-high cloisonné tea pot with handle; a 16-inch verdigris green and metal patinated ovoid form vase attributed to Charles Clewell of Canton, Ohio. (circa early 20th century); a signed Herend porcelain elephant and a set of four Herend animal figurines. All would make great gifts.
Also offered will be Asian objects (to include Chinese porcelains, scrolls and carvings), other clocks additional to the Chelseas, silver plate and other silver items, Herend porcelain, ceramics and art glass, prints and fine art, estate jewelry and costume jewelry and collectibles. Bidder registration is already underway, at the Gordon S. Converse & Co. website.
This five-color French Faïence ceramic ware mug of a man and his snuff, circa 19th century, is sure to generate bidding action.
A 16-inch verdigris green and metal patinated ovoid form vase attributed to Charles Clewell will be available for bidding
Asian decorative arts are expected to generate strong bidder interest. Some expected top lots include a 19th-century carved bamboo brush pot showing the eight gods, 7 inches in height; a Japanese Imari porcelain dish, 8 ½ inches in diameter and decorated in dark blues and reds (19th century, Meiji); and a 9-inch ceramic Buddha with a greenish celadon glaze and added gold.
Also offered will be a pair of 19th-century 10-inch plates decorated in the Chinoiserie style and marked “Clew’s Dresden Opaque China”; three snuff boxes, two in porcelain (both signed on bottom) and one in engraved bone or ivory; and a bronze incense burner with dragons.
Ceramics and art glass will be served up in abundance. Anticipated star lots will include a wonderful group of 17 different and high-quality porcelain tea cups and saucers; a 10-inch-tall ovoid form art glass with swirl design, signed indistinctly on the bottom and dated ’82; and a cat and snail by Steuben (the cat is 2 ¾ inches and the snail is almost 3 inches).
From the same category: an 8-inch-tall cameo art glass vase with greens, reds and opaque white, and a matching 12-piece ceramic ware set, including ten fruit bowls, a large bowl and a serving plate.
Also sold will be a 19th-century 5-color French Faience ceramic ware mug depicting a man and his snuff; and a pair of 19th-century Staffordshire spaniels in luster gold and white glaze.
This gorgeous porcelain Herend elephant, 15 inches by 10 inches, signed Herend is one of several Herends in the auction.
This beautiful, diminutive cloisonné teapot with handle, striking at just 3 inches in height, leads the collection of Asian items in the sale.
Prints and fine art will feature a pair of framed antique prints of British Naval ships of line, hand-colored and matted, with burl wood frames (each 24 ½ inches by 29 inches); and a 27-page book of Japanese hand-colored engravings, mostly signed, each print 14 inches 9 ½ inches.
One lot of costume jewelry will feature a round jade medallion, two sets of pierced earrings, a hat pin ending with a large paste diamond and an oval-shaped black opal and onyx tie tack or pin. Another jewelry lot will feature 14 rings, most for the ladies and most gold, with some precious stones. Also offered will be a pair of Hummel figures, both with the Goebel mark.
Collectibles will feature a lacquer paint-decorated lidded and hinged box, and original comic book art from “Little Archie #10” titled “Escape From Shark Island” (1976).
Rounding out a short list of the sale’s expected top earners is one lot comprising an assortment of silver plate items (a trumpet vase, a pair of rectangular lidded servers, a veggie server, an oval tray and more); and an interesting silver ostrich on a stand, about 1 ¾ inches tall.
For more information about this auction, call 610.722.9004, e-mail to Gordon@ConverseClocks.com or visit the Gordon Converse website.
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