More than 600 lots from Southern estates to be sold at Leland Little auction

Nearly 625 quality consignments will be sold in a quarterly cataloged auction slated for Saturday, March 21, by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Offered will be fine art, period furniture, sterling silver, books, clocks, watches, estate jewelry and antique Continental gold coins.

The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m.

This will be the last major sale for Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., in its current location at 246 South Nash Street in Hillsborough. In early April, it will move to 620 Cornerstone Court, also in Hillsborough. “The move makes the March 21 sale a landmark event for us,” said Leland Little.

An audience of about 200-300 people – typical for an LLAES, Ltd. cataloged sale – is expected. “In addition, we’ll have between 700 and 1,000 pre-registered absentee and phone bidders,” Mr. Little said, “and online bidding will be handled by”

Two lots, each expected to fetch $25,000-$35,000, are an 84-piece silver service in the Aztec pattern by Mexican silversmith Hector Aguilar (circa 1940-1945) and an original pastel on silk by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner (1883-1979). The painting, signed lower right, is titled Mary has been professionally conserved.

dutch grandfather clockFine art is a staple at all Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. cataloged auctions. Just a few of the anticipated top lots include the following:

• An original oil on canvas by Margaret Dovaston (English, 1884-1955), titled Minuet. The painting showcases Dovaston’s talent for composition, coloring and detail. (Estimate $8,000-$12,000).

• An original oil on board by Sheldon Parsons (N.M., 1866-1943), titled Springtime. The work, signed lower right, is housed in the original hand-carved and gilt wood frame. (Estimate $3,000-$5,000).

• A color screenprint from 1985, signed and numbered 178/250 by Andy Warhol (N.Y., 1928-1987), titled Jean Cocteau (Estimate $2,000-$4,000).

Period furniture pieces include an all-original George III linen press (circa 1800), mahogany veneer with oak secondary (estimate $2,000-$4,000); and a Classical sofa (Philadelphia, circa 1830), mahogany and mahogany veneers (estimate $800-$1,500). Also up for bid will be a Dutch inlaid long case clock (shown at left), 18th century, signed “Jan Beerninck/Amsterdam” (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Estate jewelry pieces include an emerald and diamond ring, comprising one emerald-cut emerald prong set flanked by eight bar set tapered baguette diamonds (estimate $6,000-$9,000); and a pair of Tiffany Schlumberger 18kt diamond earrings in a twisting rope splay motif with 20 brilliant cut diamonds (estimate $2,000-$3,000).

Sterling silver sets will include a coin silver tea service,  circa 1835-1855, bearing the retailer’s mark (“Hayden Brother & Co.”) and maker’s mark (“G&W” for Grosjean & Woodard, estimate $3,000-$5,000); and a hand-hammered sterling silver oval bowl by Georg Jensen with the post-1945 mark, in the Blossom pattern (estimate $2,000-$3,000).

A tall tapered stoneware vase, crafted in North Carolina in 1937 and decorated by Mrs. F. W. Hilton, with an elaborate slip scene in olive green of a squirrel sitting on a leafy olive branch eating an acorn, is expected to fetch $600-$1,200. A Jugtown Chinese Blue glazed stoneware footed punch bowl (circa 1930) should reach $3,000-$5,000.

A Delft figure of a seated dog (circa 1800), hand-painted, blue and white palette, with a floral spray on the dog’s back, may hit $500-$800.

Rounding out the expected top lots: a Tennessee sampler, executed in 1834 by Elizabeth C. Goodner, age 16, silk on natural linen ground, with large flower border surrounding alphabet rows and verse (estimate $1,000-$2,000); a vintage 1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar, serial #90262, with light green custom finish (estimate $1,000-$2,000); and a brilliant red vintage Halston cocktail dress (estimate $500-$800).

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s first sale at the new showroom facility will be an Estate Treasures Auction planned for Saturday, April 11 and will feature an antique bottle collection. A two-day grand opening sale – the Historic Hillsborough Cataloged Auction – will be held the weekend of June 13-14.

For more information call 919-644-1243, or e-mail For a calendar of upcoming auctions, visit

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