ABERDEEN, Miss. – A stunning circa 1890 11-piece mahogany R.J. Horner dining suite with cupids and a rare, museum-quality rococo rosewood fire screen in mint condition are just two of the many important lots set to cross the auction block on Saturday, Feb. 27, by Stevens Auction Co., online through LiveAuctioneers. Please note that this sale was originally to have taken place on Feb. 20, but due to current weather conditions affecting Mississippi, the sale has been rescheduled to Feb. 27.
The auction will kick off at 10 a.m. Central time and features three of the most prominent antique collections in the entire Southeast. “Many of these items have been in the same families for over 140 years and are rare items not usually sold at auction,” said Dwight Stevens, owner of Stevens Auction Co. “The 500 items to be sold were personally hand-picked by me for this event.”
Period American furniture will be featured prominently in the sale, including marvelous pieces by prolific makers such as J.H. Belter, J.&J. W. Meeks, Thomas Brooks, Prudence Mallard, R.J. Horner, Anthony Quervelle, Mitchell & Rammelsberg, Stickley, Sigournet, A. Roux, Pottier & Stymus, John Jelliff, George Henkel, Herter Brothers, Elijah Galusha and George Hunzinger.
The Horner dining room suite (above) is truly spectacular and includes a table with five 12-inch leaves, a china cabinet, a deluxe double-mirror sideboard, two servers (one crystal) and six armchairs (est. $35,000-$75,000). “This suite has only had two owners in its entire 125-year life,” Stevens said, “and it’s important to note that it’s an exact match suite. Even the feet match, which is rare.”
As for the rosewood fire screen, Stevens called it “the finest piece of Victorian rococo I’ve seen in 40 years.” Measuring 55 inches tall by 38 inches wide, the fire screen has an estimate of $15,000-$30,000.
In addition to the fine furniture, there are other tantalizing lots to consider, such as a 191-piece set of Old Paris dinnerware, deep burgundy and gold with large serving pieces, in great condition (est. $6,000-$9,000); and a 19th century equestrian-themed, 15-piece Syllabub punch set with Moser amber and enameled fruit and garland bowl, with 12 pedestal glasses (est. $5,000-$8,000).
There are also three classic cars in the auction:
– An all-original 1962 Nash Metropolitan convertible, turquoise blue and white, in fine running condition, kept inside and with no rust (est. $12,000-$22,000).
– A 1941 Ford pickup street rod (below) with a new 383 Stroker Chevrolet engine, 700 R overdrive transmission, all-steel body (est. $25,000-$40,000).
– A 2014 Jaguar, that year’s biggest “cat” for options, 4-doors, 540 horsepower V-8 engine, 55,000 miles with new tires, double sunroof, service records (est. $25,000-$35,000).
Back to furniture: Pieces by J. & J.W. Meeks will feature two rosewood rococo chairs in the Stanton Hall pattern, being sold as separate lots (each est. $2,000-$3,500); two rosewood rococo laminated parlor sofas, also in the Stanton Hall pattern and also being sold as separate lots (est. $3,500-$5,000, $1,500-$2,500); and a heavily carved rococo center table (est. $2,500-$4,500).
A mahogany partners desk by R.J. Horner with carved full body wing griffins has an estimate of $5,000-$10,000; a walnut rococo recamier, beautifully carved on the back with serpentine seat and gold silk upholstery attributed to Boudoine, is estimated at $1,500-$2,500; and an Alexander Roux heavily carved sofa with barley twist and pink upholstery should command $2,500-$4,000.
A gorgeous walnut Renaissance high-back oversize bed with burl trim and heavily carved crest, 9 feet 5 inches in height, all original and attributed to Thomas Brooks, is expected to realize $5,000-$7,500; while a rosewood rococo heavily carved marble-top dresser by P. Mallard, with original finish and pure white marble, 92 inches tall by 48 inches wide, should hit $3,500-$6,000.
A round parlor center table with inlay by Herter Brothers, 36 inches in diameter, should fetch $1,500-$3,000; a very early Jackson press, made in Tennessee or Kentucky, 87 inches tall, has an estimate of $1,200-$1,500; and a pair of rosewood Victorian armchairs with head-on-arms, attributed to John Jelliff, will be offered as separate lots, each with an estimate of $800-$1,500.
A rosewood rococo marble-top dresser with a beautifully carved mirror surround and large hand-carved pulls by Elijah Galusha, 7 feet 8 inches tall, in outstanding condition, is expected to reach $1,200-$2,000. Also, a rosewood rococo slant-front secretary, all original, with carved crown and carved wood pulls, 8 feet 11 inches tall by 45 inches wide, should gavel for $3,000-$5,000.
An intriguing lots in the sale is a rare Tennessee court document, dated June 18, 1822, signed by future President James Knox Polk during his time as a lawyer in Maury County (est. $3,000-$5,000).
For additional details on any item in the February 27, 2021 auction, contact Stevens Auction Co. at 662-369-2200 or email@example.com.
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