Converse to run clocks, toys, fine art at May 24 sale
Online live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and phone, write-in and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Previews will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, May 24, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., when the first gavel comes down.
The Peoples Light & Theater Co. is located at 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, in eastern Pennsylvania.
Bidders may also preview the lots online, at the Gordon S. Converse & Company website: www.auctionsatconverse.com.
Antique clocks, a specialty of Gordon S. Converse & Co., will be offered in abundance, and the collection of nearly 50 toys will feature numerous trucks and cars, airplanes and railroad trains. Chinese arts and porcelains were pouring in at press time.
The fine arts category will be highlighted by more than 25 oil paintings and some larger landscapes from a single consignor. Ethnic pieces will include African tribal arts and Native American arrowheads and pottery. Furniture will feature a Massachusetts tambour desk and an early 20th century English mahogany corner cupboard with cabinet top section and glazed doors.
Antique clocks are certain to attract keen bidder interest. Lots to watch include an early 19th century double steeple form mantel clock with fusee clockworks and strap brass movement plates, 23 1/2 inches high; and a mahogany veneer pillar-and-scroll clock with an interior label identifying the maker as Seth Thomas, with brass finials, 29 inches without finial.
Also offered will be a sheep’s head-type single-hand lantern clock with an engraved brass case, in which the chapter ring is signed “Steph. Levitt, Chelmsford,” with three dolphin frets (one engraved) and a clockworks with an hour strike; and a fine Regency bracket clock (or chamber timepiece) with a solid mahogany case, nice Egyptian-style feet and a pineapple finial.
Artwork will include a framed oil painting titled Stravanger Fjord, signed indistinctly (possibly by “H. Lyber”), 36 inches by 52 inches; a framed oil on canvas landscape signed lower left by “H. Wolff,” 18 1/2 inches by 28 inches; a landscape work signed by the Danish artist Otto Balle (1865-1916); and an impressionist oil on canvas by Auguste Deneken, framed, dated 1943.
Oriental objects will be highlighted by a pair of circa 1840 rosewood carved, Chinese-made stands, 29 inches by 11 inches; a fine pair of polyglazed decorated Chinese reticulated plates; and a davenport service consisting of a serving platter and eight matching plates, in a design that honors the palette and forms of many Chinese export items during the 19th century.
Antique toys will include a German sedan called the “Baron” in very good to excellent condition, made by Blech-Spielman; a mostly plastic and finely detailed model of a Mercedes Benz touring car, about 27 inches in length; a silver tri-engine toy airplane, 20 inches long; and a metal toy sedan from the mid-20th century, 20 inches long and still with the original green paint.
Trains will feature an OO gauge train set by Markel with a transformer, tracks, buildings and train car accessories; and a set of Hornby-type trains, including four windup lithographic decorated locomotives and other cars. Also offered will be a Quapaw Native American vase, 10 inches tall, found in Phillips County, Ark., with original vivid polychrome paint and item shards.
Gordon S. Converse & Co. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at 610-722-9004; or, email them at Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE