Paintings by Van Hoople and Antonio DeVity, as well as a bronze statue of a goddess, will be on display…


Oil depiction aboard ships in a harbor by American mid-century artist Van Hoople (b. 1934), who previously worked as a set painter for Paramount Studios (est. $200-$400).
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PAOLI, Pa. — Converse Auctions will welcome the new season and warming temperatures with a huge, spectacular Spring Sale on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 12 p.m. ET. Bidders can travel the world from the comfort of their armchairs to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas in this online-only auction that features more than 600 prime lots.

The catalog is both varied and enticing. Chinese items will be on offer (including an antique rose medallion punch bowl and jade jewelry); a rare Louis Vuitton leather steamer trunk; sterling silver (including a Reed & Barton cutlery set and candelabra); an old German pewter wedding plate; and beautiful porcelain and crystals (including Lenox, Wedgwood, Orrefors and Waterford).

There will also be plenty of Depression glass; mid-century ceramics, glass and aluminum (including Homer Laughlin Harlequin and Fiesta); fine arts (including etchings by Rembrandt, an Art Deco portrait, a work by Van Hoople, a miniature portrait and a painting by Antonio DeVity); African artifacts; furniture (including Japanese Obi chairs); books and other objects.

Although the event is web-only, with no in-person bidding, online bidding is available at,, and Live previews will be available by appointment only at the Converse Auctions gallery at 1 Spring Street in Paoli, PA, near Philadelphia. To schedule an appointment, call 610-722-9004 or email, or use the online scheduler at

With a pre-sale estimate of $2,000 to $8,000, the antique Louis Vuitton leather steamer trunk, made circa 1875, is one of the best lots expected at the auction. The trunk has a padded interior lid and shelf, and all hardware is included (buckles, latches, rollers, and thumbtacks, branded with LV). The label reads: “I. Rue Scribe, Paris, Louis Vuitton, 149, New Bond St., London, numbered 155631.”

The large 19th century Chinese rose medallion punch bowl is beautifully painted with good detail and has flower and bird panels alternating with panels of human figures. It has a resounding ringing bell when “nutted” (estimated between $600 and $800). Also on sale will be a vintage Isabella crystal bowl from Orrefors, with a label on the edge and signed on the bottom. It is estimated that it will end between $100 and $200.

Bronze goddess statue depicted standing atop a human figure, wearing jewelry, headdress and holding a vajra, 7 ½ inches tall and marked on the base (est. $400-$600).
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The Reed & Barton 18th Century Sterling Silver Service for Eight comes with many service pieces, for a total of 47 pieces. It is new in its 1992 packaging, has never been used, and includes a two-tier silver chest (estimated $2,000-$4,000). The antique German pewter wedding plate, engraved “Gluck Zum Ehe” (Happy Marriage), is expected to fetch between $100 and $200.

An etching on Arches paper attributed to Rembrandt titled The card player (not authenticated by Converse, but with Baterby’s Certificate of Authenticity, 21 ¾ inches by 21 ½, has an estimate of $200-$400, as is a beautiful hand-painted Chinese painting on silk, signed by the artist in the top left corner and featuring immortals, children and cranes in bright, vibrant colors.

Two very different oil paintings have identical estimates of $200 to $400. One is a large portrait of a man smoking a Fatima cigarette, with a painted Fatima logo and the slogan, “A Sensible Cigarette, Ligget (sic) & Myers Tobacco Co. 1921”, signed “Charles” with a name of indistinct family and dated on the back, unframed. The other is an oil on board depicting ships in harbor by Van Hoople (American, b.1934), who previously worked as a set painter for Paramount Studios.

A vintage pair of Japanese Obi slipper chairs covered in padded raw silk, bought by the sender’s family in 1957 outside Tokyo, are expected to fetch between $100 and $200. Also, a copy Eighteen Songs from the Nomad, The Story of Lady Wen-Chi, a book on the 14th century, an 11-foot-long scroll, donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973, is estimated at $100-200.

A large carved and pierced Chinese jade bi-disc, 13 inches by 9 inches, carved with dragons and phoenixes and archaic designs, is expected to cost between $600 and $900; while a pair of green jade bangles in a lacquer dragon box, the inside diameter of the bangles 2 ¼ inches, is expected to fetch $400 to $600.

A large twelve-person service with serving pieces from Wedgwood in the Columbia pattern, including eight Leigh-shaped cups, six Avon cups, a tureen with handles, and an unmistakable ladle, has an estimate of $500 to $800. In addition, a Baccarat crystal yellow crystal frosted caprille fish, marked “Baccarat France” on the bottom, 5 ¼ inches long and visually striking, should cost $300 to $500.

Beautiful old hand painted ancient Chinese painting on silk, signed by the artist in the upper left corner and depicting immortals, children and cranes in bright and vibrant colors (est. $200-$400).
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A bronze goddess statue depicted standing atop a human figure, wearing jewelry, a headdress, and holding a vajra, 7½ inches high and marked on the base, is expected to fetch $400 to $600; while an African carved wooden fetish statue of a seated woman, 13 inches tall, is expected to fetch $100-200.

Two lighting-related lots have estimates of $200 to $400. The first is an old neo-Gothic wrought iron suspension, hexagonal in shape, with twisted columns and decorated with ornaments of flowers and buds. The second is a pair of sterling convertible candlesticks, marked “Empire 676” on the bottom and having a combined weight of 4.5 pounds.

Two antique Yankee Whaler baleen walking sticks, each 34 ¼ inches long, made with graduated discs of alternating colors of baleen with an abalone center on the handles, should fetch $200-400. Also, a vintage D&C poppy planter (Delinieres & Co., France), featuring hand painted flowers with gold trim, 11 inches tall, is estimated at $100-$200.

Converse Auctions is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions. To consign a single item, estate or collection, you can call them directly at (610) 722-9004; or, you can email; or, you can make an appointment via All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

For more information on Converse Auctions and the spectacular spring sale scheduled for Saturday, April 23, please visit Updates are released frequently.

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