Auction Report: Meeks Parlor Suite Tops Bidding in Clock, Furnishings Sale

The sofa of a four-piece laminated rosewood rococo parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks The set sold for $24,150.

ABERDEEN, Miss. — A gorgeous four-piece laminated rosewood Rococo parlor suite by renowned 19th-century American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks sold for $24,150 at a massive two-day estate sale held Feb. 15 and 16 by Stevens Auction Company.

The parlor suite, crafted around 1855, consisted of a sofa, an armchair and two side chairs. It was the top achiever of the more than 600 lots sold. Headlining the event was the lifetime clock collection of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Johnson, merchandise pulled from a New Jersey mansion and items from three other prominent estates.

“The economy is definitely improving. People see that the clock is ticking on their lives and, especially now that the election’s over, they’ve gone back to buying,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company.

Approximately 200 people attended the auction, while another 450 bid online via LiveAuctioneers.com. About 400 combined phone and absentee bids were recorded.

This 19th-century astral gasolier with original gold gilding sold for $13,800

An oil-on-canvas portrait, signed J. Van Keirsbilck and framed sold for $8,050.

Following are additional highlights from the auction (all prices quoted include a 15-percent buyer’s premium):

• A laminated rosewood Recamier by John H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern and in mint condition, circa 1850, soared to $18,400, and a laminated rosewood Rococo Recamier by J. & J.W. Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern went to a determined bidder for $9,775.

• A rosewood Rococo secretary desk with a pierce carved crown and carving on the doors gaveled at $17,250, and a rosewood Rococo roll-top desk with round front drawers and gallery top sold for $9,775.

• A Rococo banquet dining table, heavily carved with claw feet traded hands for $17,250, and a rosewood Rococo marble center table with detail carved fruit basket and carving achieved $10,350.

• An oil-on-canvas portrait of a young Victorian girl in a green dress, signed J. Van Keirsbilck, framed, finished the day at $8,050.

• A 19th-century astral gasolier with original gold gilding tabbed in at $13,800, and a set of six astral gas wall sconces realized $10,350.

A circa-1920 metal Art Nouveau landing light of a lady with grapes, with marble base sold for $10,925.

A rare 19th-century Sevres clock in urn form, hand-painted and artist-signed, sold for $9,200.

• A rare circa-1920 metal Art Nouveau landing light of a lady with grapes, with a black marble base was sold for $10,925.

• A scarce 19th-century Sevres clock in urn form, hand-painted and artist-signed, rose to $9,200, and a gold Victorian pier mirror with white marble base and cupids in the crown and base, circa 1850, went to a new owner for $6,900.

Stevens’ next sale will come from the estate of the late Earlene S. Bowen, who owned and operated Bowen’s Antiques in Eupora, Miss., until the time of her death at age 95 this past November. She was a dedicated collected of furniture and primitives, and her business was housed in 10 buildings. Stevens will spread the sale to three days and two weekends, on Apr. 6 and Apr. 12 and 13. A fourth day could conceivably be added, according to Stevens.

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