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FLOMATON, Ala. – A circa 1860 museum-quality mechanical rosewood drop-front secretary desk attributed to renowned American furniture maker Thomas Brooks, earned top lot honors when it sold for $21,280 during the Dec. 31, 2011 auction held by Stevens Auctions at Flomaton, Ala. All prices include 12 percent buyer’s premium.
The secretary still had the original finish and was substantial in size at 9 feet 11 inches tall, nearly 6 feet wide and 26 inches deep. The second top lot was a circa 1850 6-piece parlor set by John H. Belter, in the Rosalie with Grapes pattern that earned $15,680.
Other furniture highlights include a circa 1850 rosewood rococo étagère attributed to John H. Belter, with a white marble top and measuring 82 inches tall by 60 inches wide by 19 inches deep, went to a determined bidder for $7,840; and a rococo walnut étagère with carrara marble and a center drawer (also circa 1850), boasting the good original finish and burl trim, made $2,016.
Beds and bedroom suites performed well, as a queen-size rosewood half tester bed with pierce carving, signed McCracken & Brewster, circa 1855, 9 feet 2 inches tall, changed hands for $10,080; and a walnut, Victorian four-piece bedroom suite with high-back bed, matching dresser, wardrobe and wash stand, circa 1870, brought $4,480.
A period burl walnut French linen press with shelves and fitted drawers inside, all on a Bombay-style base, with claw feet, 93 inches tall by 72 inches wide by 24 inches deep (circa 1800), breezed to $5,600; and a period mahogany Empire secretary, still in the good original finish, with scroll front and individual glass panes, 90 inches tall (circa 1840), went for $2,464.
A rosewood rococo two-door wardrobe with fruit carvings on the doors and a bird’s-eye maple interior, attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks (circa 1850) sold for $5,600; and an American bachelor’s chest Empire wardrobe made form crotch mahogany, probably crafted in New York around 1840, 80 inches tall by 66 inches wide by 24 inches deep, knocked down for $2,688.
A palace-sized 48-inch Nicole Freres Pat. 1815 Swiss cylinder interchangeable music box with 10 bells in a floral marquetry inlaid case hit $12,320; a 44-inch carved mahogany interchangeable cylinder music box by Paillard (N.Y., N.Y.) garnered $8,960; and a fine carved oak Criterion 15.75-inch disc double-comb music box rose to $4,800.
In decorative accessories, a large 39-inch-tall scenic Sevres urn, artist signed, hammered for $3,920; a pair of museum-quality Old Paris vases, magnificent both in detail and condition, probably made in the late 19th century, 19 inches tall, realized $1,904 each; and a pair of Old Paris vases with a courting scene painted on each side and trimmed in gold went for $1,440 each.
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A rosewood server with marble top, made circa 1850 and attributed to P. Mallard, found a new owner for $2,352; a period mahogany Empire combination pier table (or game table), with large gold claw feet (circa 1830), commanded $2,016; and an oak Wooten double rotary roll-top desk with swing end, still bearing the Wooten Mfg. label and made circa 1880, brought $2,352.
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