Kennedy’s Auction Service event June 2 stars Tiffany shade  


Tiffany Studios tulip lamp shade, 16in. diameter, which comes with a circa 1915 unsigned wrought iron and metal lamp base (not Tiffany.) Kennedy’s Auction Service image

EAST SELMER, Tenn. – Kennedy’s Auction Service will conduct an auction June 2 of one of the finest estates in the Memphis Central Garden District. The Carl Smith Family has downsized and chose to sell at absolute auction the many fine antiques that they have cherished for many years. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Many of the items were purchased originally from an auction conducted by Sam Plough in 1950. Part of the items in that auction had descended from John T. Frost, who owned the American Biscuit Co. The auction was held for Hosmer Barrett, who was the sole surviving member of the family. Barrett was a retired Memphis financier and partner in E. F. Hutton & Co., New York, NY.

The auction will include some of the finest R.J. Horner carved mahogany furniture ever made in America including one of the best highly carved examples of R.J. Horner’s 9-foot 10½-inch-tall grandfather clock in original finish with J.J. Elliott nine-tube movement.


R.J. Horner mahogany grandfather clock with J.J. Elliott nine-tube works. The silvered dial is signed ‘Elliott London.’ 118.5 in. high. Kennedy’s Auction Service image

Several rare Japanese and Chinese antiques will be sold including a 19th- early 20th-century Xu Yunlin Dehua Guanyin blanc de chine figure and a 5-foot-tall palatial-size Meiji period Japanese champleve dragon vase.


Late 19th-or early 20th-century Xu Yunlin Dehua figure of Guanyin, blanc de chine, 23 7/8 in. Kennedy’s Auction Service image

Another auction highlight is a 16-inch Tiffany Studios Tulip lamp shade. Perhaps the most unusual item in the auction is a circa 1811 Moravian pottery flask in the form of a woman, 6 inches high.


Rare Moravian pottery flask, 6 5/8 in. circa 1811, believed to have been produced in the shop of Rudolph Christ (1750-1833) in Salem, N.C. Kennedy’s Auction Service image

This auction is filled with fine art, bronze and marble sculptures and antique furniture.


Monumental Meiji period Japanese champleve floor vase, which dismantles into eight sections. Kennedy’s Auction Service image

For details contact Kennedy’s Auction Service at 731-645-6357 or 731-610-3060.