Memorial Day sale usually the best of the year for Flowery Branch, Ga., auction firm

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – More than 400 lots of quality merchandise, consigned by local estates and prominent collections, will be sold at auction May 31, promptly at 10 a.m., by Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques, located at 5540 Atlanta Highway. Flowery Branch is situated northeast of Atlanta, just off Interstate 985, about halfway between Buford and Gainesville.

The event will be held inside a 20,000-square-foot facility that the auction business shares with the monthly antiques show, which currently boasts approximately 60 dealers. The next antique show is scheduled for June 4-6.

Parking and admission are both free. The venue is a smoke-free facility.

“All of our auctions do well, but the Memorial Day auction is by far one of the best sales of the year,” said Tom Schulte of Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques. “We’ll have lots of gold and silver jewelry, artwork, crystal, bronze, pottery, china, porcelain, furniture, primitives, and whatever other surprises our consignors bring us to sell.” All of the auction lots can be viewed online at

Decorative accessories will include a small Steuben crystal bird, a Baccarat ice bucket, a small Baccarat glass turtle, Old Paris porcelain (some of it figural), a set of Chantilly sterling flatware, a nice Royal Doulton Lambeth pottery vase (signed), a collection of nearly a dozen pieces of contemporary Korean pottery, and Indian and Mexican pottery.

Artwork will feature a wonderful piece of Mid-Century Modern glass sculpture, large and heavy (open to interpretation, but probably a stylized animal), a painting reminiscent of the Old Masters dated 1889 or 1899 with metal stretchers, a pair of antique still life paintings of flowers, a Victorian hand-colored print in a criss-cross period frame, and a large oil on canvas of sheep (circa 1870-1880).

Other works of art will include an oil on canvas landscape rendering (circa 1920s), an Oriental reverse painting on glass, several period fashion prints (some from the late 19th century), several pieces of statuary (including one of a horse with a praying child and an adult), a Mid-Century Modern carved acrylic piece, and three paintings of Greek gods, all on identical frames.

Sterling silver jewelry crafted in Taxco, Mexico, is sure to spark bidder interest and will include a three-dimension snake necklace crafted by Margo de Taxco (circa 1940s-‘70s) and a matching earring-bracelet-necklace set. Other sterling will include a Continental hors d’oeuvres spoon and several flatware sets. A lovely necklace by American maker Miriam Haskell will also be offered.

Furniture lots will include several pieces by Heritage, a large Kittredge sofa, a Baker bowfront and butler’s tray (or side server), an oak side-by-side period step-back cupboard (circa 1900), and an Empire marble-top petticoat table with bronze ormolu.

Additional furniture pieces will include a pair of chestnut side chairs, a set of six English chairs with molded pressed-on leather tops and seats, a massive mid-century (1850-1860) English buffet (sideboard) made for books, a pair of dressing screens, a set of four Victorian chairs, and an American Eastlake Victorian piano stool with needlepoint.

Still more furniture will feature a set of 12 dining room chairs (two armchairs, two side chairs, all circa 1940s), several marble-top tables, a Louis XV period sofa, and a set of four French armchairs. Book aficionados will be impressed with the collection of leather-bound volumes, to include the set published from 1899 to 1904 titled Smull’s Legislative Handbooks.

Returning to smalls and decorative accessories, bidders will have much to peruse. Examples include a piece of unsigned Roseville pottery, a large Woods English turkey platter, a 5-light chandelier (electrified, with 10 candles at the bottom), a collection of antique pewter, several pieces of Royal Copenhagen, a Wedgwood cream pitcher and a pair of cloisonne vases.

Rounding out the day’s expected top lots are a Fenton cranberry opalescent vase and an early turn-of-the century set of large ivory chess players, still in the box.

To learn more about Flowery Branch auctions and their antique shows, visit or

Photos courtesy Flowery Branch Auctions & Antiques

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