If you like to look for accessories for your Victorian era home, are starting up a Victorian style bed and breakfast or if you just plain like Victoriana, Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Mo., was the place to be March 29.
Soulis was selling the real estate and contents of a fully furnished Victorian style second home retreat nestled in the Ozarks near Gainesville, Mo., about 22 miles north of Mountain Home, Ark.
This was a very focused sale that, with the exception of a few incongruous automotive memorabilia at the beginning, stuck closely to the late 19th century theme of the house, which was just fine with the 200 in-house registered bidders and the 400-500 who signed up to participate live online through LiveAuctioneers.com. Soulis reported an online sell through rate of 24 percent.
The top lot of the sale was a matched three-piece walnut bedroom set, circa 1880, with tall bed 78 inches high, a dresser with cheval mirror and a washstand with cheval mirror, all done in the manner of Eastlake.
Both pieces of case goods had chocolate marble tops and each piece had raised panels with walnut burl veneer with traditional Eastlake style incising, carving and applied decorative molding. All hardware appeared to be original. It sold on the floor for $4,410 including the five percent inhouse buyer’s premium.
Bedroom suites in general were strong. Another Eastlake style three piece set, also of walnut with walnut burl raised panels, had a very strong Renaissance Revival influence, especially in the crests of the tall bed and the mirror on the marble top dresser.
The washstand back splash had been replaced and did not match up as well as it should with the other two pieces but that did not seem to deter bidders. The set closed at $4,095. A third set with a strong Renaissance Revival/Eastlake crossover with a tall bed, marble top dresser with mirror and marble top washstand with marble candle stands was a relative bargain at $2,205.
All was not furniture, however. A pair of elegant Victorian art glass epergnes will grace new tables next week. An unusual example in lavender glass had brass and ormolu mounts around the central mirror, hand painted vases and a ruffled rim center dish. This 15-inch-tall by 15-inch-wide beauty closed online at $848 and an opalescent epergne with a central lily, two canes with baskets and a 10½ inch bowl went for $683.
One of the stars of the non-furniture portion of the sale was one of the largest and finest of Victorian hair wreaths displayed in its original shadow box frame with pleated silk interior.
It featured various designs of flowers and blossoms in a horseshoe shape done in various strands of natural hair, 37 inches by 31 inches. It sold online for $904.
Another star was one of three globe de mariee, or marriage globes in the sale. This one was unusual in that it had six shaped mirrors, one of which was etched. It closed in the room at $866. Other globes sold for $509 online and $315 on the floor.
Speaking of wedding accessories, an art glass bride’s basket in a frame by Barbour Silver Co. with paw feet and ornate handles, fitted with the original candy ribbon bowl of powder green to white with amberina rim sold for $473.
A wide variety of silver plate items from napkin rings to serving dishes sold from $45 to $215 and period beaded purses ranged from $25 to $85.