The auction featured more than 550 lots of select and rare antiques from prominent Southern estates, plus items from the estate of the late Paul Dobbs of West Plains, Mo. It was packed with period furniture items by prolific craftsmen, large Persian rugs, 19th century lighting, brilliant cut glass pieces, decorative accessories, home furnishings, early porcelains and art glass.
“It was a cold weekend, but it was warm inside the building and we may have generated some extra heat with all the spirited bidding going on,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Co. “We were very pleased with the outcome. The merchandise spoke for itself, and the bidding in the room and online was brisk both days. The phones and left bids were active, too.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Additional lots attributed to Meeks included a pair of mirror image laminated rosewood recamiers in the Stanton Hall pattern, upholstered in silk with gilt Napoleonic bees ($11,500 the pair), a rosewood laminated parlor cabinet with original mirrors and finish ($4,025), and a rosewood rococo center parlor game table with drawers on both sides ($2,990).
Monumental beds featured a rosewood half tester bed in mint condition, attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg, with original mosquito net hardware ($12,650), a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed that was made around 1840 but has had just three owners ($8,625), and an ornate mahogany rococo oversized bed with pierce-carved and rounded footboard ($3,220).
Pairs of chairs did extremely well. Two rosewood laminated parlor side chairs in the Cornucopia pattern, crafted circa 1855 by John H. Belter, changed hands for $10,350, and an identical selling price was realized for a pair of J. & J.W. Meeks laminated rosewood armchairs in the Stanton Hall pattern. The chairs were beautifully upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees.
Also from the prolific workshop of Meeks was a pair of laminated rosewood parlor chairs in the Henry Ford pattern, upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees. They sold as a single lot for $4,600. Two rococo revival pierce-carved parlor chairs – duplicates of a pair pictured in an 1849 advertisement for George Henkels, as shown in a March 1933 magazine – hammered for $4,600.
A Victorian crystal chandelier featuring eight tiers of crystal with silver rings and 30-35 strands of roping went for $3,910. Also, a monumental banquet lamp with marble columns, claw feet and winged cherubs, with a huge antique 11-inch amber shade with lily decor, made $2,070.
American Brilliant Cut Glass is still popular with collectors, and this sale had a wide selection. A console bowl that was heavily cut and extremely fine, in mint condition, 15 inches across, fetched $3,910; a stunning plate, 13 inches in diameter, went for $3,910; and a square bowl, extremely heavy, signed Hawks, was a bargain at $288.
Returning to furniture, a Victorian walnut breakfront bookcase with butler’s desk and an unusual crest, 8 feet 9 inches tall, gaveled for $3,450; a large mahogany Empire three-door breakfront, 9 feet 3 inches tall, realized $2,875; a solid mahogany heavily carved French rococo sofa with brown leather, in mint condition, circa 1890, went for $2,070; and a mahogany Empire revival breakfront with mirror back and acanthus columns, circa 1870, went for $1,955.
From the clocks category, an early grandfather clock by David Elias Bangor, 97 inches tall, sold for $2,875, and a rosewood beehive clock with Baltimore cemetery scene, 19 inches by 10 inches, made $1,035. Also, a National Cash Register candy store-size cash register in good working condition, with all original parts and key, found a new owner for $863.
Two French porcelain plaques in gesso frames, hand-painted and measuring 32 inches by 21 inches, circa 1870-1880, sold for $4,600 the pair; a 67-piece set of sterling silver flatware in the Grand Baroque pattern by Wallace (a service for eight, with extra serving pieces) breezed to $4,370; an outstanding rococo bronze dore mirror, 26 inches tall, commanded $2,250; and a Victorian rococo over-the-mantel mirror with ornate details, 55 inches by 60 inches, hit $1,035.
Other top lots included a bronze Victorian floor vase with the original amber glass insert, 55 inches tall, which sold for $1,265; a pair of Majolica figures in Arabian dress with musical instruments, sitting on an attached base, 19 inches tall, $863 the pair; and a diminutive 5-inch-tall Austrian gilt silver doll house bench with hand-painted enamel panels on back and seat, $518.
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