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Quality Furniture, Fine Art, China & Pottery to Pace Flowery Branch Auction Event

by WorthPoint Staff (11/24/10).

This Hepplewhite sideboard by MasterCraftsman with satinwood bell pull inlay—measuring 7 feet 10 inches long—is among the many quality pieces of antique and vintage furniture that will be offered for bid at Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques on Nov. 27.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Hundreds of lots of quality, fresh-to-the-market pieces of high-end furniture—including names like Henredon, Century, Baker, Hekman, Hepplewhite and Kimball—will be sold at auction Saturday, Nov. 27, by Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques, located at 5540 Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch, a town situated north and east of Atlanta, off Interstate 985. The auction will also feature fine art, china, pottery, decorative accessories, collectibles and more.

The sale will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and will be held inside the same venue as a monthly antiques and collectibles show, also staged by Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques. A spacious, 20,000-square-foot building serves both purposes. The antiques and collectibles show boasts around 60 dealers. An on-site restaurant will serve both breakfast and lunch at the auction.

Following is information on some of the manufacturers that will be featured in the sale:

Henredon was founded in Morganton, N.C., in 1945 by four men determined to build furniture of custom quality. The initial product line consisted of just three chests. It has since mushroomed into hundreds of beautiful wood and upholstery designs for every room in the house. A great amount of hand and detail work goes into each piece of Herendon furniture.

Since its founding in 1947, Century Furniture has evolved into one of the most revered names in the home furnishings industry. From its manufacturing facility in Hickory, N.C., Century is able to customize whatever the customer wants, the way an artist is commissioned to create a fine work of art. The firm boasts over 2,000 fabrics, leathers and trims and 50-plus finishes.

This fantastic solid marble dining room table will be sold to the highest bidder Sat., Nov. 27.

Like Century, Baker is a premier furnishings manufacturer and designer. The firm was started by Siebe Baker, a craftsman who worked with his hands and produced reliable, sturdy furniture. Later on, his son, Hollis, an educated and well-traveled man, brought to the firm the eye of a collector. To this day, the eye and the hand remain the cornerstone of Baker Furniture.

Hekman Furniture Company was founded by a Dutch immigrant to Grand Rapids, Mich., named Edsko Hekman. Initially a baker when he came to the U.S. in 1893, Edsko founded the Keebler Company. His sons—John, Jelle and Henry—fulfilled his lifelong dream of starting a furniture company, and to this day Hekman is widely recognized as a premier furniture supplier.

The auction will feature an executive desk made by Kimball, a firm that made its first desk in 1970 under the name Kimball Office (today it is part of Kimball International, Inc.). Kimball desks and chairs have been featured in numerous movies and TV shows, and Kimball desks have been made for the vice president of the United States, U.S. senators and Pentagon officials.

This exceptional brass cabinet would make a great accent piece in any living or dining room.

The name Hepplewhite is renowned among furniture connoisseurs and collectors. Named after George Hepplewhite (1727-1786), one of the big three English furniture makers of the 19th century (along with Sheraton and Chippendale), Hepplewhite refers to a distinctive style of light, elegant furniture that was fashionable from 1775-1800 and later spawned many reproductions.

Among the China that will be offered in the auction, are sets by Royal Doulton, Metlox, Wedgwood and Villeroy & Boch. Pottery pieces will include examples by Rookwood (signed “VT” by the artist, Vera Tischler) and Amphora, plus a stoneware jug by E. Kane that says “No. 5 President St., Brooklyn, L.I.”

The Royal Doulton Company is a British firm, makers of tableware and collectibles since 1815. Its product line includes dinnerware, giftware, cookware, porcelains, glassware, jewelry, linens, curtains and lighting. It is now part of the Waterford Wedgwood group and most of its products are made in the Far East and Indonesia. A Royal Doulton china set will cross the block.

19th-century blackamoor with ivory eyes and teeth and matching pedestal, 6 feet 7 inches tall.

Metlox (a name that combines “metal” and “oxide” and refers to the glaze pigments) started out as a manufacturer of ceramic house wares in California in 1927 before switching to dinnerware in 1931. Its “Poppytrail” kitchen pottery became popular for its brightly colored glazes derived from locally mined metallic oxides. Metlox went out of business in Jan. 1988.

Wedgwood was founded way back in 1759 in Britain as Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. In 1987 the company merged with Waterford Crystal, creating Waterford Wedgwood, the Ireland-based luxury brands group. The firm still exists today as a subsidiary within the group, although it was placed into administration in 2008. A Wedgwood china service will be sold at the auction.

The name Villeroy & Boch is famous worldwide for its innovative designs of bathrooms, coordinated tableware, glassware, cutlery and accessories. The firm began in the tiny French village of Audun le Tiche, in 1748, as a pottery company. It later moved to Luxembourg, where it still operates a porcelain factory today, and in 1836 to Mettlach, Germany, its current home.

Switching from china to pottery, Amphora is an art pottery that was produced in Austria between 1892 and around 1920. Amphora combined delicate craftsmanship with remarkable imagination and was noted for delving into Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Secessionism and other Austrian movements of the day. That way, they were able to produce a wide range of designs.

Rookwood Pottery (based in Cincinnati) was founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer as a way to market her hobby—painting blank tableware. Through years of experimentation with glazes and kiln temperatures, she eventually built her own kiln, hired a number of excellent chemists and artists and produced quality pottery that’s still desired today.

This stunning bronze rendering by Pierre Lafaguays will cross the block on Sat., Nov. 27.

Fine art will feature a bronze figure by Pierre LaFaguays, plus many original paintings and prints. Decorative accessories will include a diminutive Orrefors vase, a pair of bronze urns, two large Oriental temple vases, a small “Six Tribes” vase signed by artist S. A. Hill, a rare early blackamoor figure on a pedestal with ivory teeth and eyes, and many additional pieces.

Other items expected to generate interest include a framed 1697 debenture with original seal, a framed 1655 indenture with original seals, a 1939 New York World’s Fair gentleman’s cane with attached convenience seat, a map of the Southern Railway System, a vintage cardboard Pepsi sign, a large Great Bear Springs water bottle, and a vintage Winchester 12-gage shotgun.

For more information about this auction, call 770.967.9080, e-mail to dannyfrey@gmail.com or tschulte@fbauctionsandantiques.com , or visit the Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques Web site.

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