Fine art fills out Converse & Co.’s Discovery Auction March 25
“Luckily for us, a small and collectible collection of posters and fine arts came in at the last minute, rounding out this next sale nicely,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co. He was referring to 30 lots of artwork by Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Fernand Leger and others, all vintage lithographs and posters.
“My favorite is a framed photo and signed check of Mae West with a gold leaf frame and a stunning light blue satin mask,” said Converse.
These are part of a much broader and eclectic range of categories, which also includes ceramics, sporting prints, furniture and collectibles.
Porcelains will include Hummels, figurines, ceramics (including a collection of pitchers and teapots), French furniture and other general furniture items, ornithological and duck-related items, vintage dolls and prints – some of them 19th century.
“If you’re looking for variety, and some nice merchandise, then this is the auction for you,” said Gordon Converse.
The auction will be held at the Italian-American Club in Wayne, Pa., a western suburb of Philadelphia.
Some of the lots – particularly the smalls and especially the porcelain pieces – will be offered in multiples.
“The teapots are going to generate bidder interest because they’re so attractive and unique looking,” said Converse said. “There are about 12 of them, all very interesting.”
The French furniture will include a gorgeous pair of heavily carved wedding armoires, both beautifully hand-crafted in the 19th century. The Chinese and Oriental items will feature a lovely screen, a large watercolor and some furniture pieces. The ornithological and duck-related lots will include decoys and artwork. A few silver pieces will also be offered.
The dolls should get paddles waving because, like the teapots, they are both unusual and interesting.
“These aren’t Madame Alexander dolls, but they’re not French Jumeau dolls either,” Converse said. “They are all vintage and folk art-style dolls, made in the late 19th or early 20th century. Doll aficionados may want to take note.”
Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A preview will be conducted Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. A buyer’s premium of 15 percent will be applied to all sales. The Italian-American Club is located at 301 W. Wayne Ave. in Wayne, Pa. Gordon S. Converse & Co. is based in nearby Strafford, Pa.
For details contact Gordon S. Converse & Co. at (610) 722-9004, an e-mail to Gordon@ConverseClocks.com or log on to www.AuctionsatConverse.com or www.ConverseClocks.com
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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