ABERDEEN, Miss. – Eager bidders will be giving thanks at Stevens Auction’s Thanksgiving Antique Auction set for Saturday, November 13. Expected top lots include a heavily carved oak dining room suite attributed to the renowned 19th-century American furniture-maker R. J. Horner; a beautiful palace-size Aubusson rug; and a magnificent pair of early 19th-century Old Paris vases that was museum deaccessioned 50 years ago. The auction will start promptly at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Horner dining room suite is the sale’s headliner, with an estimate of $15,000-$45,000. It consists of a china cabinet, banquet-size table with five leaves, six chairs and a sideboard, all beautifully carved. Also from Horner is an oak china cabinet in the original finish, carved from top to bottom. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
The Aubusson rug is truly palace-size, at 14 ft by 30 ft. It’s expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000. Other fine rugs up for bid will include a beige, green and gold Oushak rug estimated at $1,800-$3,000; a handmade red, blue and white Persian rug, estimated at $600-$1,500; and a large, green and rose-colored needlepoint tapestry, estimated at $600-$1,200.
The pair of Old Paris vases boasts intricate detailing, with lattice work from top to bottom. The vases, showing no wear at all, are estimated to bring $5,000-$15,000.
Tables worth considering include a unique rosewood Aesthetic Movement pedestal table with winged griffins and inlay burl trim, estimated at $4,000-$10,000, and a massive rosewood Victorian center table attributed to Charles Boudoine, estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
A handsome rosewood rococo secretary, originally from the Shamrock Plantation, is expected to achieve $2,500-$4,000. Also, an equally attractive olive wood 1780 secretary with a fitted interior in the upper section has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$4,000.
Pedestals will include a marble-top mahogany figural pedestal, estimated at $3,000-$6,000; a solid mahogany round pedestal with winged griffin top, estimated at $1,500-$3,000; and a walnut pedestal with three puttis and claw feet, estimated at $2,000-$3,500.
The lamps and lighting category will feature a brass Victorian lamp by Bradley and Hubbard, estimated at $1,000-$3,000, and a Victorian hanging light with owls on its shade and font, estimated at $1,000-$2,500.
A magnificent pair of 18th- or 19th-century carved doors carries an estimate of $3,000-$6,000, while a 19th century rococo walnut large five-section screen, all pierce-carved and previously in the home of an heiress, is expected to change hands for $3,000-$4,000.
Rounding out the highlights is a silver and cut glass wine vessel in its original silk-lined case, with insignias by Appointment to King, Elkington and Company, estimated at $2,500-$5,000.
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