ABERDEEN, Miss. – The antique collection of Bill and Betty Murphy, who traveled for years buying fine items to fill their 10,000-square-foot home situated on a high bluff overlooking the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana, will be sold on July 31 at 10 am Central time, by Stevens Auction Company. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This auction contains the best lamp collections we have ever sold, plus antique furniture, Persian rugs, china, clocks, fine porcelains, mantel mirrors, collectibles and other fine home furnishings,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “We trucked everything in the Murphys’ beautiful mansion home in Indiana to our gallery to make this auction possible.”
The estate also contains items from the prolific furniture makers J. H. Belter, J. & J. W. Meeks, Thomas Brooks, Purdent Mallard, R. J. Horner, Anthony Quervelle, Mitchell & Rammelsberg, Pottier and Stymus, John Jelliff and Elijah Galusha. In all, more than 500 items will come up for bid, nearly all of it from the Murphy collection. The open house will take place July 30 from 10 am-6 pm.
With a robust pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$35,000, a strong candidate for top lot of the auction is a beautifully carved 19th century white marble statue of a fawn. Also up for bid will be a marble statue of a classical maiden, estimated at $1,500-$2,500, and a mahogany figural pedestal with a boy eating grapes, estimated at $800-$1,200.
The bed selection will include a rosewood rococo half tester plantation bed attributed to P. Mallard and estimated at $8,500-$15,000, and a walnut Victorian high back bed attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg, estimated at $1,200-$2,000. Also on offer will be a rounded mahogany heavily carved parlor sofa by Karpen, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Other fine pieces attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg will include a rosewood heavily carved marble-top dresser, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; a mahogany Victorian two-door wardrobe with finial and pierced carved crown, estimated at $1,500-$2,000; and a walnut Victorian marble-top dresser with bow front, estimated at $1,000-$1,800.
A set of 12 walnut Egyptian Revival dining chairs attributed to Alexander Roux should sell for $3,000-$6,000; an oversize walnut Victorian three-door wardrobe with beautiful carving and curved ends, attributed to J. H. Belter, is expected to realize $2,500-$3,500; and a large walnut Victorian secretary with a tall bookcase, glass doors, burl trim and bracket feet should ring up $2,000-$3,000.
Furniture pieces attributed to Thomas Brooks include a rosewood Victorian etagere with white marble top and bow front, estimated at $5,000-$7,500; a large walnut Victorian sideboard with life-size deer head with antlers and a carved arm support with white marble top, estimated at $2,000-$3,500; and a rosewood rococo etagere with all original finials and crown, estimated at $1,200-$2,000.
Pieces attributed to Anthony Quervelle will feature an unusual large crotch mahogany two-door linen press, estimated at $2,500-$4,000, and a mahogany acanthus carved game table with acanthus carved base and dolphin feet, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Three furniture lots, all tables carrying high estimates of $5,000, will include a rosewood rococo dressing table attributed to P. Mallard; a rosewood rococo marble-top center parlor table attributed to Alexander Roux; and a walnut Victorian banquet table with burl trim.
Also up for bid will be a rosewood Victorian carved parlor cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay on the door and carved bird finial, attributed to Alexander Roux, estimated at $2,000-$3,500; a flame mahogany Empire mint julep cabinet, attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks and estimated at $1,500-$3,000; and a six-piece rosewood parlor suite attributed to J. Jelliff, estimated at $1,800-$2,500.
Decorative accessories will include a pair of 19th century royal blue porcelain Old Paris mantel vases with gold decoration and roses, estimated at $1,200-$1,800; a French marble clock topped with a gold sphinx, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; a monumental oil lamp with its original matching shade, estimated at $1,200-$1,800; and a pair of triangular perfumers (aka cologne bottles) by Jacob Petit, estimated at $600-$1,200.
Doors will open at 8 am on auction day, July 31. For information not contained in the sales brochure, please call 662-369-2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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