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Original Furnishings, Choice Items from Historic Plantation Homes Up for Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (10/01/12).

Mahogany half tester bed attributed to McCracken—a piece of original furniture from the Twin Oaks Plantation—will be among the many interesting Southern plantation home lots available at auction on Oct. 6 in an event hosted by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The original furnishings from two historic Southern plantation homes, plus choice antiques and furnishings from two other prominent Southern estates, will be sold at auction on Saturday, Oct. 6, by Stevens Auction Company, at the firm’s gallery here in Aberdeen, a city about halfway between Tupelo and Columbus, Miss.

The plantation homes are the historic Lorman Plantation Mansion (built circa 1858 in Lorman, Miss.) and the Twin Oaks Plantation House (built around 1853, near Eutaw, Ala.). The two prominent estates are those of the late Mrs. Marjorie Clay of Coffeeville, Miss., and the late Mrs. Pat Tucker of Germantown, Tenn. The auction will begin at 9 a.m., with no online bidding.

The auction will be packed with Federal, Empire, rococo and late Victorian furniture, plus hundreds of brilliant cut glass pieces, sterling silver, fine porcelains, china, antique clocks, original works of art, hand-made rugs, unique primitive pieces, collectibles and rare and unusual items. Phone bids will be accepted with advance arrangements. Absentee bids will also be taken.

“It’s important to note that the furnishings from the two plantation homes are original, with some pieces by such makers as Belter, Meeks, Hastings and McCracken,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company.” The quality and the sheer volume of merchandise from not one but four great consignors present a unique opportunity for collectors and designers.”

The pieces attributed to the renowned New York furniture maker John H. Belter include a rosewood rococo parlor table with the original finish and white marble top (circa 1855) and a rosewood rococo recamier in the Rosalie Without Grapes pattern (also circa 1855). J. & J.W. Meeks pieces include a gorgeous rosewood parlor set in the Stanton Hall pattern (circa 1855).

Monumental beds will feature a mahogany half tester bed with drapes attributed to McCracken, 10 feet, 2 inches tall by 78 inches long, made circa 1855 (and original to the Twin Oaks Plantation House), and a mahogany Empire full canopy tester plantation bed with full drapes, 8 feet, 7 inches tall by 77 inches long, made circa 1845 (original to Lorman Plantation).

A large Old Paris centerpiece, blue and pink with cold applied flowers, handcrafted circa 1850, is among the home décor items up for auction.

This rosewood parlor set in the Stanton Hall pattern by J. & J.W. Meeks, made circa 1855, will find a new home on Oct, 6.

Other furniture pieces will include a burl walnut butler’s secretary with a head carved in the crown and carved wood pulls (circa 1860); a Southern pine primitive step-back kitchen cupboard (circa 1840); a walnut Victorian plantation desk (circa 1850); and a matched pair of period Empire mahogany pier tables with the original black and gold marble tops (circa 1845).

Sterling silver will include a Fisher five-piece sterling tea service (#2360) with coffee pot, teapot, sugar, creamer and waste bowl; a pair of Sheffield rectangular entrée trays, silverplate, made in the 1880s and with the Queen Victoria duty mark and Philip Rundell maker mark; and a lovely Fisher sterling silver serving tray (#600), 26 inches long by 15 inches deep.

This Mahogany Empire full canopy tester bed, circa 1845, is a piece of original furniture from the Lorman Plantation.

Vases will feature a pair of Louis Phillipe cobalt blue porcelain urn-form vases mounted on elaborate dore bronze bases, a tall brilliant cut glass vase 17 inches tall and made circa 1900, and a pair of flared Old Paris vases with figurals and lots of gold, 15 inches tall, circa 1860. Also sold will be a large Old Paris centerpiece, blue and pink, with gold applied flowers (circa 1850).

From the artwork category comes a 19th century oil on canvas of a farm scene, legibly signed “ADC,” in an excellent gold Victorian frame, 29 inches by 22 inches and rendered circa 1860; and an oil on canvas portrait of a Victorian girl in a gold frame, painted n Natchez, Miss., circa 1858 and measuring 39 inches by 45 inches. Other original artworks will also be offered.

Additional items of interest will include a walnut tall case Victorian clock signed Arnold and Lewis (Manchester, England), 8 feet 8 inches tall and in running condition (circa 1860), a cut glass powder jar with sterling lid dated 1905 (4 inches tall), a brilliant cut glass punch bowl (14 inches in diameter) and a Newel post lamp with a statue of Ceres, 44 inches tall (circa 1910).

Returning to furniture, noteworthy pieces include a mahogany Empire-style banquet dining table with three leaves and large claw feet with a carved base, attributed to Hastings (5 feet wide by 8 feet long, circa 1890); and an Empire mahogany armoire with flamed mahogany doors, bracket feet and ogee crown (91 inches tall by 57 inches wide, finely crafted circa 1840).

An open house preview will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and auction day, Oct. 6, from 8-9 a.m. Terms will be cash, major credit cards or pre-approved checks. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price, with a 2-percent discount for cash, business and personal checks (with proper ID) and wire transfers. A 7-percent sales tax will be charged on all merchandise sold, except for bidders with a valid, 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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