Converse gears up for firm’s third auction 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.

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