Dining suite tops $16K at Stevens auction

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ABERDEEN, Miss. – A mahogany Federal dining room suite, handcrafted in the late 19th century, sold for $16,500 at a multi-estate sale held Nov. 3 by Stevens Auction Co. All prices quoted include a 10% buyer’s premium.

The dining room suite included an acanthus-carved sideboard with glass pulls, an acanthus-carved dining table with six leaves,sideboard.jpg a set of nine dining chairs with claw feet and striped upholstery; a curved-glass china cabinet, and a two-drawer server with glass pulls.

Acanthus-carved sideboard from a Federal dining room suite that sold as a group for $16,500.

The top lot of the day was a framed oil-on-canvas painting by the Uruguayan-born American artist Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940). Titled Ladies of Leisure and dated 1911, the work soared to $26,400. Also, a framed oil-on-canvas boating scene of the New England coast by Charles Woodbury (American, 1864-1940), signed and dated 1901, hammered for $7,150.

A rosewood Victorian two-door bookcase with pierce-carved crest (circa 1850) went for $5,500; an oversize walnut Victorian hall tree, circa 1860, achieved $3,630;Mora.jpg and a rosewood Victorian marble-top Mitchell & Rammelsberg dresser with carved pulls and pierce-carved crown (circa 1855) hit $3,250.

Ladies of Leisure by the Uruguyan-born American artist Francis Luis Mora, $26,400.

A flamed mahogany Empire full-tester plantation bed, crafted around 1840, saw a high bid of $9,900; and a walnut Victorian half-tester queen size bed (circa 1890) went for $5,500. Also, a walnut Victorian Renaissance Revival love seat in black needlepoint and with fox heads on the arms (circa 1875) reached $1,045.

A bronze Victorian floor lamp with a yellow-cased glass shade, converted from oil to electric, (circa 1880), lit up the room for $3,080; a gilt bronze Victorian astral lamp, attributed to Dietz, commanded $2,420; and a Victorian astral lamp with glass column and marble base, signed Cornelius (circa 1840), made $2,200.

A bronze fountain figure of a child nymph holding a fish, signed Mabel Conkling and marked Gorham Founders (circa 1920), hit $3,410; a hand-carved hanging wall mirror, with French influence and elaborate carvings (circa 1890), reached $2,090; and a pair of gold-leaf cherub crowns, once housed in a New Orleans opera house, fetched $770 each.

Stevens has scheduled an auction for Jan. 19, 2008, which will feature a rare rosewood Belter bed with cupid crown, a Belter sofa in the Strong pattern, and a matched pair of Meeks marble-top parlor tables. Also offered will be bronze and crystal wall sconces and other 19th-century lighting.
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The sale will feature 50 antique mechanical banks, with examples by the J. & E. Stevens Co. Models will include Chief Big Moon, William Tell, Teddy (Roosevelt) and Bear, and the Dark Town Battery. For more information, call 662-369-2200, or visit www.stevensauction.com.

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