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Stevens Auction Co. to Host Pair of Estate Sales with a Southern Flair

by WorthPoint Staff (10/13/09).

Walnut Victorian marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks (circa 1860) is one of the many items from Southern estates that will be up for sale on Oct. 17 and Oct. 31 by Stevens Auction Company.

Walnut Victorian marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks (circa 1860) is one of the many items from Southern estates that will be up for sale on Oct. 17 and Oct. 31 by Stevens Auction Company.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – For collectors interested in redecorating with a Southern flair, October promises to offer some great opportunities, as the Stevens Auction Company will host a pair of auctions this month featuring art, antiques and furniture from several Southern estates.

One will be held at the firm’s gallery in Aberdeen on Saturday, Oct. 17. Then, two weeks later, on Saturday, Oct. 31 (Halloween), Stevens will conduct an on-site estate auction in Port Gibson, Miss.

“The October 17 auction will include a nice selection of antique and furniture pieces from the collections of three prominent Southern estates,” said Dwight Stevens, who will facilitate both sales. “Featured will be items from the estates of two ladies from Alabama—Katherine Nelson Young of Athens and Lucy Russell McCaleb of Winfield. Both were dedicated collectors of fine antique items.”

A Mitchell & Rammelsberg rosewood high-back bed Victorian bed

A Mitchell & Rammelsberg rosewood high-back bed Victorian bed

Young inherited her mother’s antique collection and continued to add to it throughout her life. McCaleb was a schoolteacher of 42 years and a lifelong resident of Winfield until her death at age 102.

The Oct. 31 estate sale will be an on-site event, to be held at the home of the late Miss Isabel Person, who lived nearly all of her 93 years on Church Street in Port Gibson, in a home built around 1880 in the late Victorian style. It had been purchased by her father, J.W. Person II, and over the years became a repository for the family’s many antiques. The home and its contents are both offered for sale.

Person’s vast estate collections included wonderful period furniture, books, chests, clothes, silver, china, artifacts, papers and other timeless items, many of which have been lovingly stored in the 2,000-square-foot attic. But the entire house was adorned with fine antique objects from around the world, and most of these will be sold.

Furniture pieces from Person’s home that will cross the block Oct. 31 include a walnut Victorian marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks (circa 1860); a mahogany Empire marble-top pier table attributed to J.& J.W. Meeks; a period Empire mahogany sewing work table with thread drawer; and a primitive cherry two-piece step-back cupboard.

Rosewood rococo marble-top étagère.

Rosewood rococo marble-top étagère.

Other furniture pieces include a mahogany Empire china cabinet with claw feet; a flamed mahogany Federal sofa with red upholstery, with long, great carved apron and feet (circa 1830); a rare Empire hall seat with wide scroll feet, shoe doors and lift seat (circa 1840); and a mahogany Empire banquet table with acanthus carved base and five leaves (circa 1880).

Fine art from Person’s home includes an oil on canvas painting of a Confederate officer leading cavalry across a moonlit stream, signed F.H. Ricker; an original oil painting depicting harvest time by H. Livens; and a wonderful group of ebonized, Victorian paintings on ivory, most around 5 inches by 5 inches and with figural depictions.

Also from Person’s estate are some outstanding examples of Newcomb College objects, to include a 6-inch teapot with roses, a 7-inch vase with night scene, a pair of 4-inch blue vases with leaf decorations, and a 2 ½ inch small vase with floral decoration. Also to be sold will be a monogrammed four-piece sterling silver tea service with grapes and a Symphonion mahogany music box that still plays well.

Walter Durfree nine-tube clock with Hersbhepe works

Walter Durfree nine-tube clock with Hersbhepe works

Certain to attract intense bidder interest will be a rare and authentic Vampire killing kit (just in time for Halloween!), as well as Confederate currency and Civil War-era firearms.

The home and its contents will be available for preview on Friday, Oct. 30.

Returning to the Oct. 17 multi-estate sale, expected top lots in the furniture category include a monumental rosewood high-back Victorian bed, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg, heavily carved all over the head board, the “Love Bird” model; and a gorgeous Federal mahogany sofa with carved legs and claw feet and striking gold strip upholstery.

Other furniture pieces include a rosewood rococo sewing table with lift top and pierce carved stretcher (circa 1850); a walnut Victorian 6-piece parlor suite attributed to John Jelliff; a rosewood rococo marble-top étagère with a drawer in the bottom; and a marble-top Victorian shaving stand with swing-out drawers, signed J. & J.W. Meeks.

Also from the fine furniture category: 19th-century rosewood spoon-shaped side chairs by John Henry Belter (N.Y.); a flamed mahogany Empire wig dresser with marble insert in mint condition; an Aesthetic Movement half-commode with a bronze plaque in the door (circa 1875), with a gray marble top; and a beautiful mahogany Empire marble-top sideboard with Gothic backsplash and claw feet.

Decorative accessories will feature a Walter Durfree nine-tube clock with Hersbhepe works and Gothic mahogany carved case; a signed Bavarian hand-painted punch bowl with 12 cups; a nice blue Victorian art glass lemonade pitcher with six glasses; a blue Gone With the Wind lamp with white and purple flowers; and a 1907 oak Berliner Gram-o-Phone music machine by Victor Talking Machine Co.

For more information about both of these sales, visit the Stevens Auction Company Web site, call directly, at (662) 369-2200, or e-mail to stevensauction@bellsouth.net.

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