Increased client base turns Motley’s anniversary sale into two-day event

RICHMOND, Va. — Due to a dramatic increase in clients needing estate settlement and liquidation work, including banks, trust companies, law firms and individuals throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Motley’s Auction & Realty Group of Richmond, Va., has extended their popular one-day anniversary sale to a two-day blockbuster event. The sale is slated for Sept. 29-30, beginning each day at 2 p.m.

Most items are fresh from estates and are being offered to the public for the first time. Most, too, will be sold without a reserve. Lots range from art, furniture, jewelry, silver, Oriental rugs, china, porcelain and lighting to ladies designer apparel and even sports cars.

For those interested in sterling silver, this auction is sure to please, with the complete liquidation of the silver collection of Mumford’s Antiques, based in Williamsburg, Va. The Mumfords were known at many of the upper tier shows for their eye toward quality sterling silver and other decorative arts. The Mumfords, having retired years ago, decided to offer at no reserve their incredible collection, which also includes art, furniture, jewelry and more.

There will be more than 20 patterns of flatware represented in the September auction, including some sets in rarely seen patterns such as Gorham “Versailles” and many popular patterns such as “ Frontenac“ by International. A stunning epergne, a pair of Repousse form covered entrée dishes by Jacobi and Jenkins, plus sterling and coin silver hollowware in a multitude of forms will also cross the auction block.

From the estate of Reverend Dr. Elwyn Henry Spear, who earned four doctoral degrees and taught at Oxford, Edinburgh and other prestigious schools throughout Europe, comes a host of silver and other items, including an incredible collection of pill, snuff and other unique boxes, with one enameled box with Imperial Russian motifs. A sterling tea and coffee service by Crichton Brothers of London tipping the scale at a shade over 86 troy ounces will also be offered without reserve.

Furniture dealers and collectors will find some prime examples of 18th- and 19th-century work among the approximately 1,000 lots, plus reproductions by Kittenger, Biggs and others. A stunning sideboard touted in “Southern Furniture” by Paul Burroughs as being an 18th-century Virginia piece and formally part of the collection of pioneer collector J. Pope Nash will be offered. From an Alberta, Va., estate comes a unique case piece resembling a file cabinet built in the early 1800s, attributed to Petersburg, Va. Another early Petersburg piece sure to be hotly contested is an 18th-century Chippendale-form walnut side chair. Also featured will be an 18th-century Williamsburg, Va., gaming table, an 18th-century walnut Virginia tavern table out of a Williamsburg home, a cherry Jackson Press, multiple corner cupboards, a mahogany chest on chest, a Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard, several banquet tables, Windsor chairs, pier mirrors, a walnut linen press, and a host of both Oriental and continental furniture.

Leading the way in the art category is a Russian work by Stepan Kolesnikoff (1879-1955) with a strong family provenance, plus a painting and drawing by Louis Cass Ewer and more. The corporate art collection of S&K Menswear Inc. will also be offered with no reserve and will include works by G.H. Rothe, LeRoy Nieman, Michael Clark, Carlos Wahlbeck and others, plus a host of Kentucky Derby Festival posters and other equestrian memorabilia, vintage French advertising posters, bronze statuary and more.

A large selection of clocks from the Hensley estate in South Hill, Va., brings to market several clocks ranging from the ever-popular Fashion Clock by the Southern Calendar Clock Company and calendar clocks such as Ithaca to a Crystal Palace clock, a host of figural clocks, two tall case clocks and more. For those wanting a smaller timepiece there are several wrist and pocket watches ranging from a ladies Rolex to a Tiffany & Co. gentleman’s pocket watch.

Also from the Hensley home comes a diverse collection of Aladdin lamps. There is also a wide array of Oriental rugs that will be offered, ranging in age from early to late 20th century.

Crossing the auction block will also be approximately 50 gold coins, plus hordes of silver coins from a Richmond estate and an incredible selection of estate jewelry, including platinum rings and watches, a spectacular diamond and pearl necklace, cameos and more. Designer accessories from a South Boston estate include Chanel, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and more.

All items are viewable on The gallery will also be open to preview all lots Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sept. 29-30, the days of the sale, starting at 10 a.m.

Motley’s gallery is located at 4402 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Va. For those unable to attend the sale, Motley’s offers phone bidding, absentee bidding and bidding via the Internet.

Consignments of coins, firearms, boats, classic cars, motorcycles, pocket watches and more are now being accepted for Motley’s ever-popular Sportsman and Collector’s auction slated for Oct. 27. This sale already features more than 100 estate gold coins, plus thousands of silver coins, an important Petersburg, Va., half-stock percussion rifle and more.

For more information on this or any upcoming Motley’s auction or their comprehensive appraisal services, visit or call 804-355-2100.