Asian decorative arts, fine clocks fill online auction ending Nov. 18

Chelsea clock setSolid cast bronzed and polished brass Chelsea clock set with ship’s wheel and 3 1/2 inch dials. Photo courtesy Gordon S. Converse & Co.

STRAFFORD, Pa. – More than 400 quality lots of merchandise, drawn from prominent estates and collections and in a wide array of categories, will be sold in an Internet-only auction that has already gone online and will conclude with live bidding on Friday, Nov. 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (EST). The sale is being conducted by Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Strafford.

The entire catalog may be viewed online, at the Gordon S. Converse & Co. website. Online bidding is being facilitated by Live

Clewell vase16-inch verdigris green and metal patinated ovoid form vase attributed to Charles Clewell.

A few of the lots expected to generate strong bidder interest include a large Chelsea ship’s timepiece mounted onto a molded frame, with dial signed “Harrison & Co., Montreal”; a solid brass cast bronzed and polished brass Chelsea clock set with ship’s wheel, signed “Negus, New York”; a 3-inch-high cloisonné tea pot with handle; a 16-inch verdigris green and metal patinated ovoid form vase attributed to Charles Clewell of Canton, Ohio (circa early 20th century); a signed Herend porcelain elephant and a set of four Herend animal figurines.

Asian decorative arts are expected to generate strong bidder interest. Some expected top lots include a 19th century carved bamboo brush pot showing the eight gods, 7 inches in height; a Japanese Imari porcelain dish, 8 1/2 inches in diameter and decorated in dark blues and reds (19th century, Meiji); and a 9-inch ceramic Buddha with a greenish celadon glaze and added gold.

Also offered will be a pair of 19th century 10-inch plates decorated in the Chinoiserie style and marked “Clew’s Dresden Opaque China”; three snuff boxes, two in porcelain (both signed on bottom) and one in engraved bone or ivory; and a bronze incense burner with dragons.

Ceramics and art glass will be served up in abundance. Anticipated star lots will include a group of 17 different and high-quality porcelain tea cups and saucers; a 10-inch-tall ovoid form art glass with swirl design, signed indistinctly on the bottom and dated ’82; and a cat and snail by Steuben (the cat is 2 3/4 inches and the snail is almost 3 inches).

Cloisonne teapotDiminutive cloisonné teapot with handle, striking at just 3 inches in height.

From the same category: an 8-inch-tall cameo art glass vase with greens, reds and opaque white, and a matching 12-piece ceramic ware set, including 10 fruit bowls, a large bowl and a serving plate.

Also sold will be a 5-color 19th century French Faience ceramic ware mug depicting a man and his snuff; and a pair of 19th century Staffordshire spaniels in luster gold and white glaze.

Prints and fine art will feature a pair of framed antique prints of British Naval ships of line, hand-colored and matted, with burl wood frames (each 24 1/2 inches by 29 inches); and a 27-page book of Japanese hand-colored engravings, mostly signed, each print 14 inches 9 1/2 inches.

One lot of costume jewelry will feature a round jade medallion, two sets of pierced earrings, a hat pin ending with a large paste diamond and an oval-shaped black opal and onyx tie tack or pin. Another jewelry lot will feature 14 rings, most for the ladies and most gold, with some precious stones. Also offered will be a pair of Hummel figures, both with the Goebel mark.

Collectibles will feature a lacquer paint-decorated lidded and hinged box, and original comic book art from Little Archie #10 titled Escape From Shark Island (1976).

View (and bid on) the entire antiques and collectibles auction catalog online at

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