MALVERN, Pa. – A 1900 Patek Philippe 14K gold pocket watch, a Rolex Oyster Submariner watch, several Chinese huanghuali cabinets, and a 17-volume set of Lord Byron’s books from 1832 are just a taste of what’s in Converse Auctions’ online-only East Meets West Auction, Friday, Feb. 15. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction is packed with 586 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items – a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture. All lots have a starting bid of $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the collecting world, and old pros as well, to bid early and bid often.
Items from the East include jade carvings and jewelry, fine pieces of porcelain, elaborately carved huanghuali and zitan furniture, bronze Buddhas and censers, beautifully painted scrolls and thangkas, Chinese items from the Qing and Ming dynasties, Japanese woodblock prints, musical instruments, wooden storage pieces and more.
Items from the West feature exquisite antique clocks and timepieces, antique furniture, fine vintage clothing and furs, sterling silver, sterling and gold jewelry, signed artwork, porcelain serving sets, Wedgwood, rare books, art glass, canine and equine-related items, fireplace implements and rare ethnic ceremonial pieces.
The Patek Philippe gold pocket watch (above) is a candidate for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. It is enameled with the royal crown of Hungary and is inscribed in French, “Cie, Geneve” on the back.
A large pair of famille jaune dragon and phoenix ginger jars (below) with foo dog finials should realize $2,000-$4,000.
A pair of Chinese Qing dynasty zitan chairs with curved horn-shaped tops and arms, with curved support brackets and back splats having lacquered panels of dragons and flaming pearls, should sell for $3,000-$5,000; and
A five-tube, quarter-chime hour, mahogany strike hall clock made by the Colonial Manufacturing Co., Zealand, Mich., flanked by two columns with arched top and bun feet, 92½ inches tall, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
A portfolio of Judaic art by Lazar Krestin (Viennese-German, 1868-1938), the renowned portrait artist, published 1924, is estimated at $500-$1,000.
A 19th-century French antique bronze L’Histoire lamp by Auguste Moreau, 36 inches by 18 inches, should make $1,000-$1,500 (the stand will be sold separately).
The full 17-volume set of the Works of Lord Byron, published by John Murray (London, 1832), with his letters, poems, plays and journals, plus Don Juan volumes and a biography by Thomas Moore, should bring $1,500-$2,000.
An antique bronze depicting a Vajrapani wearing a hat and riding a spiral-horned goat, with the stand representing mountains, 6 inches by 7 inches, carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
Two Chinese lots with identical estimates of $1,000-$1,500 are the Qing pearl Chao Zhu court necklace in a presentation box, boasting pearls and pale blue hard stones, with the pendants having small pink counter beads; and a large, heavy zitan Quan Yin figure, carved from one large piece, 36 inches tall, displaying a serene face and wearing a headdress with a Buddha.
A flat weave beige Oriental rug, with a four-part medallion of flowers on a blue and beige field, large at 158 inches by 111 inches, should hit $8,000-$12,000.
For details contact Converse Auctions at 610-722-9004 or info@ConverseAuctions.com.