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Choice Pieces from Four Prominent Southeastern U.S. Estates on the Block

by WorthPoint Staff (08/06/12).

A rare, 19th-century Sevres scenic capped urn, signed Potevin, with a total height of 6 feet 4 inches, is expected to be on the highlights at a multi-estate sale slated for Aug. 11 and to be facilitated by Stevens Auction Company.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Choice items from four prominent estates across the Southeastern United States—including a 45-year collection of rosewood rococo furniture and fantastic antique lighting from a Memphis estate—will come up for bid on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Stevens Auction Company. Hundreds of quality lots will come up for bid that day.

The auction will have a special start time of 9 a.m. (CST), to accommodate one of the consignors, who requested their fabulous brilliant cut glass collection be sold first. The first two hours or so will be dedicated to cut glass, porcelains, lamps, collectibles and outstanding antique accessories. Afterward the headliner will be the estate of the late Mrs. Troy Wallace of Memphis.

Mrs. Wallace built her collection of rococo furniture, antique lighting, original works of art, handmade rugs, china, fine porcelains and hundreds of rare and desirable collectibles over a span of 45 years. Also to be sold will be the Clark estate out of Nashville, Tenn., plus estates from just outside Birmingham, Ala., and Meridian, Miss.

“Words don’t do justice to the level of quality merchandise in this auction,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “Folks should just go to the website and view the lots for themselves. They’ll see this is no ordinary sale. These collectors knew what they were looking for and they only bought the finest, the rarest and most unusual.”

A pair of 19th-century urns is bound to wow the crowd. One is a rare Sevres scenic capped urn, signed Potevin, monumental at 6-feet, 4-inches tall, to include the French bronze mounts and original pedestal. The other is a palace-sized silver over bronze Victorian urn with handles and lid, boasting very ornate work, made circa 1890 and measuring 51 inches tall by 22 inches wide.

Furniture pieces by the renowned New York furniture maker John H. Belter (N.Y.) will include a laminated rosewood rococo parlor table with 36-inch round white marble top, circa 1855; a rosewood rococo parlor sofa in the Rosalie With Grapes pattern, 62 inches wide; and a rosewood rococo arm chair in the Rosalie With Grapes pattern, with fine needlepoint upholstery.

Other furniture pieces by noted makers will include a laminated rosewood sofa with suite by J. & J.W. Meeks in the Hawking pattern, circa 1855; and a huge Mitchells and Rammelsberg Victorian wardrobe, walnut with a carved crest and turned finials, made circa 1870 and standing 115 inches tall by 60 inches wide. Also sold will be a circa 1840 walnut primitive corner cabinet.

Additional furniture offerings will feature a large Federal mahogany sideboard with fan pattern doors, 64 inches tall by 83 inches wide; and a period Federal secretary bookcase desk with individual paned glass, wood carved eagle crest and finials, and ogee bracket base. Fine art will feature a large, 19th-century oil on canvas portrait of a woman with flowers measuring 54 inches tall.

This laminated rosewood sofa with suite by J. & J.W. Meeks, in the Hawking pattern, was made circa 1855. It is just one piece of furniture that will cross the block on Aug, 11.

Lamps and lighting will include an extraordinary dore bronze gasolier with original shades, 58 inches tall; an Empire Revival banquet lamp, gilt bronze, 55 inches tall and 13 inches wide at the base, circa 1880; an early double argand lamp (originally oil), made of bronze and cut glass, circa 1820; and a tall astral lamp with blue glass pedestal and marble base, circa 1860.

A rare model mahogany tall case grandfather clock—7 feet, 2 inches tall—is certain to draw bidder attention, as will a mahogany Art Nouveau music cabinet with winged figures and original shelves, 48 inches tall by 25 inches wide. Sterling silver will feature a 75-piece flatware set by Francis First (98.6 troy oz.) and a tea and coffee service by Reed & Barton (123 troy oz.).

Three gorgeous tables are sure to get paddles wagging. They are a mahogany 60-inch acanthus carved banquet table with gadrooned edge and skirted gadrooned leaves; a mahogany Empire center table with swans on the legs and black and gold marble, 36 inches round, circa 1880; and a large rosewood rococo console table with marble, 40 inches tall by 51 inches wide.

An extraordinary dore bronze gasolier (chandelier converted to burn gas) with original shades.

Early double argand lamp, originally oil, made of bronze and cut glass, circa 1820, 28 inches tall.

Other notable offerings will include a 10-arm signed Waterford chandelier; an oval rococo gold gilt mirror with original finish and grapes in the crown, circa 1850, 68 inches tall by 29 inches wide; and a 19th-century bronze and etched glass tantalus set (a lockable case or stand holding decanters of alcoholic beverages), the bottles even coming with their original stoppers.

An open house preview will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, from 10-7, and on auction day, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. until the start of sale (9 a.m., CST). There will be no Internet bidding for this auction, although phone and absentee bids will be accepted. A 15-percent buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price (2-percent discount for cash, business/personal checks with proper ID or wire transfer). A 7-percent sales tax will also be charged to all merchandise, but an exception will be made for any bidders with a valid and verifiable state resale number.

For more information about this auction, call 662.369.2200, e-mail to or visit the Stevens Auction Company website.


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