Diverse cultures converge at Converse Auctions Feb. 27

Hand-painted Chinese bottle vase in a handsome presentation box, 12in tall, with a painted garden on one side, calligraphy and an artist’s mark on the reverse. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Converse Auctions image

PAOLI, Pa. – A beautiful hand-painted Chinese bottle vase, a painting of roses by the French fleuriste Raoul M. De Longpré (1843-1911), and an impressive African Dan Guere mask with cowrie shells and bronze bells are a few expected top lots in Converse Auctions’ online-only East West Antique Auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at noon Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction is packed with over 550 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 (hence the title ‘East West’). All lots have a starting bid of $10 to encourage newcomers to the collecting world, and old pros as well, to bid early and often.

Items from the East will feature Chinese and Japanese artifacts, including fine furniture, jade, porcelain, cloisonné, paintings and seals, plus items from the collection of Dr. Morris V. Shelanski, a prolific antique collector from the 1950s-1970s. African artifacts will include rarities from a New York City collector who amassed the many visually arresting masks up for bid.

With an estimate of $5,000-$8,000, the hand-painted Chinese bottle vase in a presentation box could be the sale’s top lot (above). The 12-inch-tall vase boasts tubular handles, a painted garden on one side, calligraphy and an artist’s mark on the reverse and a four-character mark on the bottom.

The African Dan Guere mask, 23 inches by 10 inches, made from wood, wild boar horn, cowrie shells, beads, textiles, raffia and bronze bells, is on a custom stand and should go for $300-$500.

African Dan Guere mask, 23in x 10in, made from wood, wild boar horn, cowrie shells, beads, textiles, raffia and bronze bells, on a custom stand. Estimate: $300-$500. Converse Auctions image

Fine art paintings and prints will come from both the East and West. The watercolor and gouache roses painting by Raoul M. De Longpré is an expected highlight. Measuring 36 by 29 inches, the work is artist signed and carries an estimate of $800-$1,200. De Longpré was born in Lyons, Paris, into a family of “fleuristes” (artists who painted flowers).

Late 19th or early 20th century huanghuali cabinet, 78½in in height, having open ‘cracked ice’ sides and doors. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Converse Auctions image

Other noteworthy Chinese offerings include a tall, late 19th or early 20th century huanghuali cabinet, 78 ½ inches in height, having open “cracked ice” sides and doors and an overall dynamic wood grain (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a large and gorgeous cobalt glazed globular Qianlong vase, showing eight immortals pictured with their traditional symbols (est. $1,500-$2,500). The background is decorated in gold clouds and the symbols are colorfully painted.

Large cobalt glazed globular Qianlong vase, showing eight immortals pictured with their traditional symbols, the background decorated in gold clouds. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Converse Auctions image

Returning to fine art, a pair of oil portraits done around 1900 depicting New York surgeon Dr. Stanley Gardiner and his wife, Elizabeth Bennett Gardiner, is expected to garner $1,000-$1,500. Dr. Gardiner was an expert in the treatment of appendicitis but, ironically, he died in 1914 after delaying treatment for himself. Elizabeth Gardiner was the daughter of George C. Bennett, publisher of the Brooklyn Times, where the poet Walt Whitman once worked as a journalist.

A gelatin silver print with mixed media by Masao Yamamoto (Japanese, b. 1957), titled A Box of Ku, No. 49, mono print #3 in an edition of 40, should realize $1,000-$1,500. The photograph, measuring 4 by 6 inches (less frame), comes with New Yorker and Village Voice reviews.

Also expected to command $1,000-$1,500 is a color lithograph on gray-ochre paper by Marcel Salinas (French, 1913-2010), after one of the 29 paintings from Pablo Picasso’s cycle Portraits Imaginaires, 26¼ by 33 inches, signed by Salinas in the stone. Marcel Salinas was a renowned lithographer who collaborated with Picasso on Picasso’s Imaginary Portraits series.

Color lithograph on gray-ochre paper signed by Marcel Salinas (French, 1913-2010), after one of the 29 paintings from Pablo Picasso’s cycle ‘Portraits Imaginaires.’ Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Converse Auctions image

Other fine art offerings include a river scene by Eugène-Alexis Girardet (French, 1853-1907); a painting by Tom McKinney (American, 20th century); watercolors by Philip Jamison, Adolph Dehn and W.A. Mason; prints, etchings, engravings and lithographs from artists that include Whistler, Renoir, Alvar Sunol, David Schluss and Dan Miller; and 19th century photographs from China.

Decorative accessories will be highlighted by a set of three cups by Berndt Friberg (Swedish, 1899-1981), with subtle glazes and refined form and with logos for Gustavsberg and Friberg (est. $800-$1,200; and a group of four handcrafted folk art knives made by the artist known as “The Peddler” in Kingston, N.Y., in the 1990s (est. $400-$600). The knives, purchased directly from “The Peddler” himself, are hand-forged from various metals and jaw bones, with leather sheaths.

Also crossing the auction block will be a Dominick & Haff sterling service for 12, Bashful Charlotte frogs, an antique Venetian blown glass goblet, a Baccarat millefiori paperweight, midcentury modern items (including the Hungarian-born American artist Eva Zeisel, 1906-2011), Continental porcelain, Wedgwood china and a large collection of hand-forged aluminum items.

For details contact Converse Auctions at info@converseauctions.com or 610-722-9004.