Stevens Auction staging Cadillac-quality estates sale May 18-19


1933 V-8 Cadillac, restored 10 years ago and kept in a heated garage ever since. Stevens Auction Co. image

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A gorgeous Prudence Mallard five-piece bedroom suite and a fully restored 1933 V-8 Cadillac are among the top lots in a massive antique estate auction slated for Friday and Saturday, May 18 (at 5 p.m. Central) and 19 (10 a.m.), by Stevens Auction Co. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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“This auction will feature one of the most important antique collections in the United States today,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Co. “We’ve got superb marble busts, an Old Paris porcelain collection, museum-quality Sevres urns and 19th century lighting. We’ll also be selling Persian rugs, listed artist bronze sculptures and a great collection of English pottery.”

The antique furniture category will be just as impressive, with examples by John Henry Belter, J. & J.W. Meeks, Anthony Quervelle, Mitchell & Rammelsberg and other artisans of 19th century American craftsmanship. Also selling will be fabulous clocks, china, sterling silver, brilliant cut glass and hundreds of other pieces of Southern finery, pulled from fine estates across the South.

The five-piece Prudence Mallard bedroom suite (below), handmade around 1850, is just one of several outstanding beds in the auction.


Five-piece Prudence Mallard bedroom suite, handmade around 1850. Stevens Auction Co. image

A signed Sevres three-sided capped urn (below) was described by Stevens as “one of the most magnificent and rare palatial Sevres urns ever to be offered at auction.”


Three-sided capped urn described by Dwight Stevens as one of the most magnificent and rare palatial Sevres urns ever to be offered at auction. Stevens Auction Co. image

Stevens predicted that the two-part marble statue of a small child with a cat, 31 inches tall and signed “Napoleone Ruffini,” could very well end up being the sale’s top lot, “it’s that beautiful.”


Two-part marble statue of a child with a cat, 31 inches tall, signed ‘Napoleone Ruffini.’ Stevens Auction Co. image

A bronze sculpture of two fighting bulls, signed by Jean Baptiste Clesinger, could also be a contender, as might a marble bust of King Leopold, signed “E. Conslon Ford” and dated 1901.


Bronze sculpture of two bulls fighting, signed by Jean Baptiste Clesinger (1814-1883). Stevens Auction Co. image

The 1933 V-8 Cadillac, gray in color and looking virtually brand new, was restored 10 years ago and has been kept in a heated garage ever since.

Bidders with an eye for lovely things will be attracted to the three-piece marble clock set with bronze accents; and the large, hand-painted Dresden capped urn with applied flowers and a depiction of Greek girls. It stands 29 inches tall.

The furniture category will also feature a burl walnut three-hinge Wooton desk in fine condition, with a full-fitted interior, circa 1890, and a rare Renaissance Revival walnut desk chair with Jenny Lind head and gilt incising, and nice tufted leather upholstery.

For details contact Stevens Auction Co. at 662-369-2200 or