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Stevens Auction Company to Host Pair of Important Estate Sales

by WorthPoint Staff (01/13/10).

This old Sevres porcelain banquet lamp in perfect condition, circa 1860, will be among the 1,000 items up for auction on Jan. 23, 2010, hosted by the Stevens Auction Company.

This old Sevres porcelain banquet lamp in perfect condition, circa 1860, will be among the 1,000 items up for auction on Jan. 23, 2010, hosted by the Stevens Auction Company.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Two estate sales comprising more than 1,000 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots—including antique furniture, china, silver, hand-made rugs, fantastic lamps, original oil paintings, many pieces of old Victorian glassware and collectibles—will be held Jan. 23 and Feb. 20, 2010 by Stevens Auction Company.

The Jan. 23 sale will be a strictly in-house event, with no online bidding component. Internet bidding for the Feb. 20 auction will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Saturday, Jan. 23 auction will be a multi-estate sale featuring merchandise was consigned from five prominent local estates. The Saturday, Feb. 20 auction will be dedicated to the lifetime collections of the late Roy Clyde Gardner of Neshoba County, Miss. Over the course of his long and fruitful life, Gardner accumulated hundreds of pieces of art glass, original works of art, furniture, metals and ceramics.

Gardner was, first and foremost, an accomplished floriculturist. He had an abiding love for his garden, but he also embarked on a lifelong journey in search of the finest arts and the best antiques. He frequented antiques shops, flea markets and estate sales in search of treasures. With each passing year, his collections grew in size and sophistication. They will be fully showcased in this estate auction.

The Jan. 23 multi-estate sale will be top-heavy with marvelous period furniture. These include a rosewood rococo sewing stand with bird’s-eye maple interior, attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks; a rosewood round turtle-top center parlor table with white marble, made circa 1850 by Alexander Roux; and a circa 1820 Empire rosewood marble-top center table with trumpet base, original marble and a curved skirt.

Other furniture pieces include a walnut Victorian double-door bookcase with burl walnut trim (circa 1875); an acanthus carved oval library table with gadrooned edge (circa 1880); a walnut Victorian étagère with white marble base (circa 1860); an acanthus carved seven-drawer Empire chest with original stenciling; a rococo-style rosewood marble-top Victorian shaving stand; and a Duncan Phyfe tea caddy.

A Mahogany Empire drop-side baby bed, circa 1850, will be in the Jan. 23 sale.

A Mahogany Empire drop-side baby bed, circa 1850, will be in the Jan. 23 sale.

Still more furniture pieces will include a mahogany Empire banquet dining table, 12 feet long by 5 feet wide, with acanthus carved base and claw feet (and part of a 10-piece suite); a mahogany Federal love seat with eagle heads, cornucopia scroll, claw feet and wonderful styling; and a walnut Victorian slant-front Victorian secretary desk, 99 inches tall by 42 inches wide and beautifully crafted circa 1870.

Beds and bedroom suites—staples at most Stevens Auction Company estate sales—will be featured at this event, too. Anticipated top earners include a gorgeous two-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, featuring a bed and marble-top dresser; and a mahogany Empire drop-side baby bed, 48 inches long by 25 inches wide, made circa 1850. Many other furniture pieces will also cross the block.

Lamps will also be featured. These include an old Sevres porcelain banquet lamp in perfect condition, made circa 1860 and standing 32 inches tall; and a bronze astral lamp with 8-inch prisms, original shade, 30 inches tall, made circa 1850 by the Cornelius Lamp Company. In the art category, a possibly pastel portrait of a Victorian child in a white dress, in a large gold Victorian frame, will be sold.

An oil on canvas portrait of lady in red in oval frame will be part of the Feb. 20 sale.

An oil on canvas portrait of lady in red in oval frame will be part of the Feb. 20 sale.

The Feb. 20 Roy Clyde Gardner estate will be loaded with artwork, much of it framed portraits. These will include a framed oil on canvas work of a young boy with a catch of fish (45 inches by 60 inches); an unframed oil on canvas rendering of a European male dressed in black, with an ornate collar (39 inches by 51 inches); and a tempera on wooden panel painting of two apostles in an ebonized frame.

Additional artwork will include a framed oil on canvas portrait of Judge John Girard, attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence; a framed oil on canvas portrait of a female in black lace with a red flower in her hair; a framed oil on canvas work of a female in a green dress; and a framed oil on canvas painting of three men smoking pipes signed Deniers. Also sold will be a Swiss music box with rosewood cabinet.

The name Tiffany will be chanted often that day, and that is certain to delight bidders. Expected top lots include a Favrile art glass vase, made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the peacock feather design; a Tiffany art glass centerpiece, comprising an iridescent bronze stand with center glass vase and two glass side bowls; and a lovely Tiffany art glass vase, iridescent green in color, with upward threaded design.

This stunning Tiffany art glass vase in iridescent green with upward threaded design will be sold at auction on Feb. 20, 2010.

This stunning Tiffany art glass vase in iridescent green with upward threaded design will be sold at auction on Feb. 20, 2010.

A Tiffany desk set will be split into three lots. These will include an ink well, bronze, with slag glass; a desk tray, also bronze with slag glass; and a matching pair of desk pads (or blotter ends), bronze. Also offered will be a Tiffany art glass center bowl, green with bronze organic casting. Also sold will be an iridescent amethyst Vanhauten art glass vase, and a porcelain art vase with flower horn set in griffin.

For more information about these auctions, call the Stevens Auction Company at 662.369.2200, e-mail to stevensauction@bellsouth.net, or visit the Stevens Auction Company Web site. Terms of sale are cash, major credit cards and good checks. The buyer’s premium will be 12 percent (with a 2-percent discount for cash, business/personal checks with proper ID, and wire transfers).

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