Converse gears up for firm’s third auction April 25

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Over 30 lots of vintage clocks from several prominent local collections will be offered April 25.

MALVERN, Pa. – Gordon S. Converse & Co. – the fledgling auction house launched just last year  – is preparing for its third auction on Saturday, April 25, with a multi-estate sale loaded with vintage clocks, period furniture, estate silver, collectible books and more. The auction will be held at 57 West Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, Pa.

“Our first sales last year were successful, with top-quality items selling well to carry the day, while numerous smaller items were real crowd-pleasers,” said Gordon S. Converse.

More than 200 lots will cross the block at the April event. Expected stars of the category include Vienna wall clocks; chime mantel clocks; an Ithaca calendar clock; and a pair of Terry clocks (one produced by Elmer Stennes, the legendary clockmaker who was murdered in the 1960s).

Additional pieces include a chime clock by Elliott of London; a nice mahogany 19th-century grandfather clock with a rocking ship device; and a porcelain cased clock from Philadelphia’s Cliveden estate.

Fine art will include about a dozen original works by artists including Julius Rose (German-born American, 1828-1911), renowned landscape painter; Josef Israels (Dutch, 1824-1911), premier painter of works having historic and religious themes; and Marie Laurencin (French, 1885-1956), known for her ethereal female figure paintings.

Sterling silver will include a 22-inch coffee urn with an early 19th-century London hallmark, and a pair of serving dishes presented to Senator John Scott in 1907. Period furniture will feature a mahogany slant front desk and a solid cherry Federal high chest.

For more information, visit www.auctionsatconverse.com or www.converseclocks.com.

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Complete 19-piece set of original installments of Charles Dickens' novel Dombey & Son (1846-1848).
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High-quality porcelain painted gold gilt 19th-century carriage clock, with dial reading "Samuel Chew."
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Fine solid mahogany Federal slant front desk with five drawers and lid (Philadelphia, Pa., provenance).
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Original oil on canvas seascape/landscape by Julius Rose (German-born American, 1828-1911).
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Original oil on canvas painting by Josef Israels (Dutch, 1824-1911), 19 inches by 26 inches.
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Early shelf clock with original stencil decoration, labeled Putman Bailey (So. Goshen, Conn., circa 1830).
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Carved walnut "Vienna" wall regulator clock by Gustav Becker, beautifully crafted around 1875.

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