Sale of Anne E. Lisette Boysen paintings funding scholarships

MALVERN, Pa. – More than 200 large-scale, vibrant and exuberant paintings by the late Philadelphia artist Anne E. Lisette Boysen (1939-2011) will be sold in Session II of a two-session auction planned for Saturday, Nov. 10, by Gordon S. Converse & Co., at the People’s Light and Theater Company, located at 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, Pa., near Philadelphia. Proceeds from Session II will benefit the Anne E. Lisette Boysen Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and will be matched by up to $25,000 with a grant program from the University.

Large, vibrant painting by the late Philadelphia artist Anne E. Lisette Boysen, titled Cynthia’s Flowers. Photo courtesy Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Session I, starting at 11:30 a.m. (EST), will feature antique clocks, period furniture, Asian objects, decorative accessories and collectibles, pulled from prominent local estates and collections. Session II, starting at 3:30 p.m., will be dedicated exclusively to Boysen’s work.

Boysen once said, “The ultimate beauty in life is nature,” and her art reflected that philosophy. Her creations are reminiscent of Arthur B. Carles and inspired by Monet. Boysen’s works are held in many prominent corporate and private collections. “This is a rare opportunity to add to your existing collection or begin a new one,” remarked auctioneer Gordon S. Converse.

The selection of paintings in the auction reflects Boysen’s love of nature and her energetic, vivacious personality. The subject matter ranges from her earlier tranquil landscapes to more recent floral abstractions. Paintings expected to do particularly well include “Sunday’s Flowers,” “Cynthia’s Flowers” and “Delft.” All are large and are estimated to bring $1,000 to $2,000 apiece.


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American girandole wall clock, signed Elmer Stennes, numbered inside the pendulum box #29.

Rare and antique clocks will dominate Session I, with the expected top lot of the day being a fine 19th century gilt bronze carriage mantel clock bound by glass and featuring a carrying handle ($8,000-$12,000). The clock boasts a double fuse movement and has a strike and repeat mechanism with the original lever jeweled platform. It measures 7 inches by 3 inches.

Other clocks expected to make $5,000 or more will include an arch top style mahogany striking clock signed on the back plate by Charles Frodsham ($5,000-$8,000); an American girandole clock signed Elmer O. Stennes, numbered inside the pendulum box (#29) and with an E. Howard movement ($4,000-$6,000); and a 19th century brass and Sevres-style porcelain paneled clock signed “James Murray, Calcutta” on the dial, 6 inches tall ($3,000-$5,000).

Decorative accessories will feature a pair of finely decorated Dutch Delftware lidded garniture jars from the 18th or 19th century with bird-form knops, both 15 inches tall ($1,800-$3,000); a 19th century ceramic teapot, 6 inches by 11 inches ($250-$400); and a large 19th century ceramic bull in a brown treacle colored glaze ($300-$500).

Asian objects will include a huge Japanese Aritaware Imari porcelain punch bowl, made of superior quality and standing 8 inches tall and 18 inches in diameter ($1,200-$3,000); a framed Chinese scroll of fish signed Yong Qiang Chen, 32 inches by 66 inches ($800-$1,200); and a Chinese jade bangle bracelet ($100-$200).

African king’s vest from the Yoruba people, 27 1/2 inches long and 21 inches wide at the chest.

Original artwork in Session I will include an oil on canvas signed by Walter Lewis, 32 inches by 42 inches ($2,500-$4,000); an oil on canvas landscape of a village scene by Christopher H. Shearer (Am., 1846-1926), signed lower left ($2,500-$3,500); and an oil on canvas still life by Czech artist Antouin Hudecek (1872-1941), 30 inches by 31 inches ($1,200-$3,000).

To learn more about Gordon S. Converse & Co., and the Nov. 10 auction, visit Gordon S. Converse online or contact 610-722-9004 or Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.

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