Langston anticipates memorable holiday auction May 31
WILSON, N.C. – Veteran antique dealer Bobby Langston knows he has outstanding merchandise for his annual Memorial Day Auction. Now that everything is cataloged and ready to sell, he hopes for a strong response from bidders for the Monday, May 31 auction, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
“We have two or three estates with fantastic stuff,” said Langston. “I hope we have a lot of bidders come here or bid online.”
LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
Langston will sell a large selection of 18th- and 19th-century English, American and French antiques from estates in Goldsboro and Greensboro, N.C., in addition to items from several private collections.
The signature piece of furniture is a Queen Anne period American tiger maple highboy in original finish, which comes from a Virginia estate. Dating to the mid-18th century, the highboy has a $6,500-$10,000 estimate. “It has the original dark finish,” said Langston.
A Queen Anne period American tiger maple and bird’s-eye maple tea table, circa 1750-1760, in as-found condition in a Virginia estate, has a $1,200-$1,750 estimate.
English furniture includes a petite18th-century mahogany broken-arch top secretary, which stands 87 inches tall, 30 inches wide and 22 1/2 inches deep. The top door doubles as a mirror. It carries a $3,000-$5,000 estimate
An American continuous-arm Windsor armchair with a saddle seat has a $600-$900 estimate.
A set of 12 mahogany antique Hepplewhite shield-back chairs has a $3,500-$5,000 estimate.
Eight American banister-back chairs with woven seats from the early 1700s have an estimate of $1,400-$2,000. “You just don’t see them anymore,” said Langston.
A tall case clock in mahogany and with a moon phase dial by Walter H. Durfee, Providence, R.I., is estimated at $15,000-$18,000. Its mahogany cast stands 8 feet 5 inches tall. Another clock that will get a lot of attention is an early 1800s weight-driven banjo clock in the style of Willard. “It’s not signed, but it’s a fantastic clock of that age,” said Langston.
Ceramics in the auction include Staffordshire, Imari, majolica and Delft.
Paintings include a large 19th-century portrait of an English noblewoman. The oil painting, which measures 60 inches by 44 inches, has a $1,500-$2,500 estimate.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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