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Five Southern Estates to Populate First Stevens Auction Event of 2011

by WorthPoint Staff (01/03/11).

This period Empire mahogany butler’s secretary with full columns and 16-pane doors (circa 1840), will be among the items up for bid at Stevens Auction Company’s first event of 2010 on Jan. 15.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Stevens Auction Company will kick off 2011 in style with a multi-estate sale featuring more than 600 fresh-to-the-market lots from five important Southern estates (including two from the Metro Atlanta area). Featured will be beautiful antique furniture, china, silver, hand-made rugs, fantastic lamps, original oil paintings, collectibles, hundreds of pieces of old Victorian glassware and more.

The auction is slated for Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, and a preview will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on the day of sale from 8-10 a.m. Images of most of the lots may be viewed online on the Stevens Auction Company Web site.

Furniture by famed artisan J. & J.W. Meeks is among the expected highlights. A J. & J.W. Meeks rosewood rococo laminated pierce-carved sofa in the Stanton Hall pattern (circa 1855), 74 inches long by 50 inches tall, could be the top piece. Other Meeks pieces include a nice pair of rosewood pierce-carved side parlor chairs in the Hawkins pattern (circa 1855); and a pair of Victorian arm parlor chairs in the Hawkins pattern (48 inches tall by 27 inches wide).

Spectacular bedroom suites are instant crowd-pleasers at most Stevens auctions, and this one will be no exception. Star lots promise to include an Aesthetic movement two-piece burl walnut bedroom suite (bed and dresser) with brown marble, signed Murray and with a great original finish; and a gorgeous, custom-made mahogany half tester queen-size plantation bed.

Original works of fine art will also come under the gavel. Pieces of note include an oil on canvas rendering of a man walking in the mountains by the renowned German landscape painter Ludwig Muninger (1929-1997), measuring 38 inches by 47 inches; and an oil on canvas depiction of an early kitchen scene (circa 1880-1920), signed A. Collins, 15 inches by 18 inches.

Vintage mirrors will reflect well on the bidders savvy enough to purchase them. Two examples expected to get paddles wagging include a large gold leaf Victorian hanging mirror, made circa 1850 and measuring 7 feet, 11 inches tall by 5 feet wide; and a mahogany Federal three-section hanging mirror with eagle, circa 1840, and standing a proud 67 inches tall.

A pair of 19th century Victorian arm parlor chairs in the Hawkins pattern by J. & J. W. Meeks will be sold.

Decorative accessories will pique bidder interest, starting with a three-piece Dresden center bowl with figural renderings and flower décor, measuring 27 inches tall by 17 inches wide. Also scheduled to cross the block will be a lovely bronze French mantel clock with cupids, made around 1890 of hand-painted porcelain and measuring 19 inches tall by 11 inches wide.

Shopping for a table? This sale’s got several, and two are worthy of mention: an Empire mahogany banquet table with eight leaves and scroll feet (circa 1880), 60 inches in diameter and 12 feet, 4 inches long; and a rosewood Empire center table with insert black marble (circa 1850), measuring 32 inches tall by 44 inches wide by 32 inches deep. Other tables will also be offered.

Other furniture pieces will include a rosewood rococo marble-top étagère, made circa 1885 and measuring 75 inches tall by 51 inches wide; a heavily carved rosewood rococo étagère with bonnet top and white marble (circa 1855), 8 feet, 7 inches tall by 4 feet, 6 inches wide; and a heavily carved walnut hall tree with full mirror and deer head, 107 inches tall by 54 inches wide.

An oil on canvas rendering of an early kitchen scene, signed A. Collin, 15 inches by 18 inches, is among the 600-plus fresh-to-market items up for bid.

Rounding out the day’s expected top lots: an inlaid rosewood Victorian breakfront with 53 pieces of beveled glass (some curved), in the original finish (circa 1880), 105 inches tall; a period Empire mahogany butler’s secretary with full columns and 16-pane doors (circa 1840); and a beautiful walnut Victorian two-door bookcase with burl trim and wood pulls (circa 1870).

Reserve seating and phone bids are welcome, with advance arrangements. For a free auction brochure, call 662.369.2200 or e-mail stevensauction@bellsouth.net. For more information about this auction, visit the Stevens Auction Company Web site.

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