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Auction Report: Monumental P. Mallard Rosewood Plantation Bed Brings $40,000

by WorthPoint Staff (05/17/10).

This Rosewood rococo three-quarter plantation bed by P. Mallard highlighted the sale of contents from the Bella Vida mansion in Aberdeen, Miss., garnering $40,320.

This Rosewood rococo three-quarter plantation bed by P. Mallard highlighted the sale of contents from the Bella Vida mansion in Aberdeen, Miss., garnering $40,320.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A massive and beautiful rosewood rococo three-quarter tester plantation bed, crafted around 1850 by P. Mallard, soared to $40,320 at the sale of the contents of the magnificent Bella Vida mansion on May 1, 2010.

The sale, which was facilitated by Stevens Auction Company, also included items from the estate of the late J.T. Boudreaux of southern Louisiana.

It was an on-site auction, conducted at Bella Vida, a gorgeous home built in 1879 and situated on 1.87 acres. The home is an architectural treasure and one of only three Second Empire homes remaining in Mississippi. The two-and-a-half-story, framed structure is for sale. Interested parties may call Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, at 662.369.2200.

The auction almost didn’t happen, the weather was so threatening. “The forecast called for storms all day, and it sure looked like we would get rained out,” Stevens said, “but the fates smiled down on us. It wasn’t ’til the very end, when we were finishing up, that the heavens opened up and the rains came down. Still, we had 200 people in attendance. It was a great sale.”

Around 600 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots crossed the block that day. The Mallard bed, measuring 11 feet, 8 inches tall by 79 inches wide by 80 inches long, was the top lot of the sale. Another bed wowed the crowd, too: a rosewood half-tester plantation bed, signed C. Lee, made circa 1860, fully draped and standing an impressive 9 feet 10 inches tall. It coasted to $21,280.

Bella Vida, a gorgeous home built in 1879 and situated on 1.87 acres, is an architectural treasure and one of only three Second Empire homes remaining in Mississippi. The two-and-a-half-story, framed structure is for sale.

Bella Vida, a gorgeous home built in 1879 and situated on 1.87 acres, is an architectural treasure and one of only three Second Empire homes remaining in Mississippi. The two-and-a-half-story, framed structure is for sale.

Following are additional highlights from the auction (all prices quoted include a 12 percent buyer’s premium):

• A four-piece rosewood, laminated parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks in the Hawkins pattern (circa 1855) did well. The sofa and two side chairs each gaveled for $17,920 while an arm chair went for $8,960. Also, a mahogany two-seated Federal love seat with deep red upholstery (circa 1830) brought $1,680, while a pair of rosewood laminated Belter side parlor chairs made $1,792.

• Period furniture with mirrors got paddles wagging. A rosewood étagère with an oval mirror door in the base (circa 1855), 8 feet tall, realized $12,320; a rosewood rococo marble-top wash stand with original dressing, by J. & J.W. Meeks (circa 1850) fetched $11,200; and a Mallard rosewood marble-top dressing table with mirror (circa 1850) changed hands for $4,704.

• A pair of gorgeous but very different tables brought identical prices of $21,280. One was a superior grade mahogany Empire banquet table (12 feet long), with book matched top, gadrooned edge, six original skirted leaves and an 8-inch column base with claw feet (circa 1880). The other was a rare and fine Meeks rosewood museum-quality marble-top parlor table.

This 19th-century Meissen porcelain mirror with applied flowers and cherub brought $6,720.

This 19th-century Meissen porcelain mirror with applied flowers and cherub brought $6,720.

• Rounding out the furniture category: a mahogany slant front desk by R.J. Horner, with winged griffin (circa 1890) made a respectable $8,960; a French burl walnut linen press (circa 1820) climbed to $7,840; a mahogany Chippendale corner cabinet with claw feet and eight pane doors (circa 1880) rose to $3,360; and a flame mahogany Jackson press (circa 1840) hit $2,688.

This Victorian painting on porcelain in black shadow box with ornate gold frame gaveled for $4,480.

This Victorian painting on porcelain in black shadow box with ornate gold frame gaveled for $4,480.

• From the fine art category, a Victorian painting on porcelain in a black shadow box with ornate gold frame (circa 1860) commanded $4,480; a pair of paintings on canvas depicting children eating with a dog and children playing a game (Munich, 19th century) fetched $2,240 each; and two porcelain wall plaques, showing a Roman man and woman, went for $672 each.

• Clocks got the crowd juiced, beginning with a signed Meissen example with figural adornment, 43 inches tall (circa 1860) that breezed to $14,560. Also, an Old Paris clock in blue, gold and white (circa 1840) sold for $2,352; another Old Paris clock, signed Jacob Petet, purple (circa 1860), made $1,792; and a redwood Victorian mantel clock (circa 1880) garnered $560.

• Vintage lamps and lighting illuminated the room. A very large 19th century cut glass 16-arm chandelier crossed the block for $16,800; a pair of rare bronze New York argand lamps with dolphin supports and etched glass shades with prisms (circa 1820) brought $3,136; and a pair of cranberry with gold enamel painting mantel lusters, 14 ½ inches tall, changed hands for $1,344.

This beautiful pair of blue and gold Old Paris vases (circa 1860) standing 20 inches tall sold for $1,344 each.

This beautiful pair of blue and gold Old Paris vases (circa 1860) standing 20 inches tall sold for $1,344 each.

• In decorative accessories, a beautiful pair of blue and gold Old Paris vases, 20 inches tall and made circa 1860, went for $1,344 each, while two pairs of cranberry tie backs for drapes in gold gilt bronze (circa 1850) brought a respectable $896 each. Also, in the silver category, a large set of sterling flatware, more than 140 pieces and made by Towle, had a high bid of $5,040.

The superstar of the estate jewelry category was this 20-carat diamond necklace ($14,560).

The superstar of the estate jewelry category was this 20-carat diamond necklace ($14,560).

• Estate jewelry pieces brought strong prices. A fabulous 20-carat diamond necklace soared to $14,560; a great 1930s 2½-carat center stone diamond ring surrounded by rubies topped out at $8,960; a stunning strand of black South Sea pearls with global diamond clasp found a new neck for $4,258; and a large pear-shaped diamond and gold pin, signed Jose Hess, breezed to $4,704.

• Mirrors reflected well on the bidders who vied for them. A 19th-century Meissen porcelain mirror with applied flowers and cherub (45 inches tall, circa 1880) made $6,720, while a very grand gold Victorian over-the-mantel mirror, 66 inches tall (circa 1855), rose to $4,032. Also, a rococo rosewood flip-top game table (36 inches diameter, circa 1850) went for $1,344.

For more information about this auction, call 662.369.2200, e-mail to stevensauction@bellsouth.net or visit the Stevens Auction Company Web site.

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