East, West converge at Converse Auctions antique sale Oct. 5


Chinese Qianlong cloisonné altar set. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Converse Auctions image

MALVERN, Pa. – Ten bucks is all it takes to participate in Converse Auctions’ online-only East Meets West Auction slated for Friday, Oct. 5, with live bidding set to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The auction is packed with 435 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

All lots have a starting bid of $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the auction arena and seasoned veterans, too, to jump in and bid.

The West category features furniture, fine art, fine clocks and jewelry, decorative items, sterling silver, Russian icons, World War II uniforms and medals and African tribal artifacts. The East category boasts fine Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese furniture, cloisonné, porcelain, plaques, fine paintings, sterling silver, 14K and jade jewelry, brush pots, lacquer and musical instruments.

Two lots from the East are strong candidates for the top lot of the auction, each with an estimate of $20,000-$40,000. One is a magnificent Chinese Qianlong cloisonné altar set (above) composed of a central censer, a pair of vases and pair of candlesticks, elaborately decorated in cloisonné archaic forms with gilt bronze. The other is an unbound book of Japanese woodblock accordion prints in uncut sheets (below), 110 in all, showing domestic scenes and landscapes, by Hiroshige and Kunisada.


Unbound book of Japanese woodblock accordion prints in uncut sheets by Hiroshige and Kunisada. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Converse Auctions image

Another cloisonné lot is the cylindrical Qing Dynasty prayer wheel on a spindle with flower and tendril designs over a lotus petal design, and a mantra written in a Nepalese language on bottom (est. $2,000-$4,000).

An 18th-century pierced and carved Chinese zitan painting table (below) with repeating square motifs and interlocking apron patterns, having a floating panel on top, stylized dragon feet and shaped stretchers, has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.


Eighteenth-century Chinese zitan painting table with stylized dragon feet. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Converse Auctions image

Silver lots will be led by an impressive pair of very large and urns (below), 61 inches tall counting the included painted and marbleized cube stands (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a complete service for eight by Towle in the Madeira pattern, with a ladle, cheese knife, sugar tongs and nut spoon, weighing 1,684 troy oz. (est. $800-$1,200).


Pair of large and heavy silver urns, 61in tall counting the painted and marbleized cube stands showing Grecian style robed male and female figures. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Converse Auctions image

A Seth Thomas double-dial calendar regulator shelf clock in a mahogany veneer, 42½ inches tall by 18 inches wide, with Roman numerals on the top dial, two keys, a pendulum bob and weight, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also, a Herschede tall-case clock made from burled maple with brass trim, having a hand-painted moon dial, 87 inches tall, should rise to $1,000-$1,500.


Seth Thomas double-dial calendar regulator shelf clock in a mahogany veneer, 42½in tall, 18in wide, with Roman numerals on the top dial and two keys. Estimate: 3,000-$5,000. Converse Auctions image

A signed autumn woodland scene by Robert William Wood (British/American, 1889-1979), done in the American impressionist style, 38 inches by 28 inches and housed in a heavy gold-leafed frame, is expected to realize $2,000-$3,000.

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