JACKSON, Tenn. – A circa 1860 mahogany half tester youth-size bed made by C. Lee gaveled for $29,900, and a fine R.J. Horner carved oak nine-tube grandfather clock from about 1890 chimed on time for $21,850 at an on-site sale of the contents of Green
Gables, one of Jackson, Tenn.’s, most stately and historic Victorian mansions, held June 29.
The bed and clock were the top lots of the auction, conducted by Stevens Auction Co., based in Aberdeen, Miss. In all, more than 575 quality lots changed hands in a wide array of categories: Federal, Empire and late Victorian furniture; brilliant cut glass pieces; Old Paris and other fine porcelains; china; antique clocks and oil lamps; fine artwork; rugs and more.
Even Green Gables itself, located at 1287 Hollywood Drive, was sold (through a separate broker, Mark Kennedy), for $250,000. The property included the mansion and several other structures.
The sale of the mansion’s contents was an old-fashioned country auction, with no Internet bidding. Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Period furniture pieces came under the gavel throughout the day. Two standout lots were a circa 1855 laminated rosewood rococo four-piece parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern ($13,800); and a circa 1850 rosewood laminated sofa by J. H. Belter ($10,350). Both Meeks and Belter were renowned 19th century New York furniture makers.
Other furniture included a figural carved walnut secretary attributed to Luigi Frullini, 9 feet, 10 inches tall ($16,100); an 18th century burl walnut linen press in fine original condition ($8,050); a heavily carved slant front desk attributed to R.J. Horner, made circa 1890 ($3,680); and a European oak display cabinet made around 1830 and majestic at 102 inches tall ($2,300).
A centennial Chippendale mahogany drop-front desk with onyx columns and interior, made for the Chicago Exposition around 1890, went for $5,750. Chair lots featured a set of 10 19th century high-back English Chippendale dining chairs that fetched $6,900; and a laminated 1850 rosewood Belter side chair in the Fountain Elms pattern, with blue silk upholstery ($5,175).
Tables included a rosewood marble-top console attributed to Alexander Roux, circa 1865 ($18,400); a large rosewood Belter marble-top table in the Rosalie pattern, with laminated skirt, circa 1855 ($10,350); a rare oval walnut marble-top table with hairy ball-and-claw feet, circa 1860 ($10,350); and a period Empire mahogany pier table with marble column front ($6,900).
From the lamps and lighting category, a 19th century three-piece gilt bronze and crystal argand lamp set with single and double arms hammered for $11,500; a fine cut glass and gilt brass four-light gasolier, crafted around 1870, realized $5,175; and a 19th century gilt metal figural lamp with 19th century cut and acid-etched shade changed hands for $5,175.
Decorative accessories were offered up in abundance. A 19th century Rose Medallion figural gilt bronze mounted centerpiece, 18 3/4 inches wide by 11 inches tall, breezed to $7,475; a large Dresden scenic and figural urn standing 3 feet, 8 inches tall went to a determined bidder for $4,600; and a group of 12 sterling goblets realized $103.50 each, or $1,242 for the set.
In the fine art category, a large circa 1890 bronze of a nude girl by French artist Felix Charpentier, with a Paris foundry, 3 feet tall, rose to $5,520; a 19th century oil on canvas of a Biblical scene garnered $4,600; a 19th century oil on canvas titled “Lovers in a Landscape” hit $2,990; and a very large artist-signed oil on canvas of a beauty with Cupid hammered for $1,955.
Stevens Auction Company has several major auctions lined up for the coming months. On Oct. 12, the firm will conduct a huge on-site estate sale at the Dancy Polk House in Decatur, Ala.; built in 1829, it is one of the oldest houses in the state. Union officers used it as quarters during the Civil War.
The house and property are almost unchanged since the days of the Civil War; even the dent in the house caused by cannonball fire is still there. Now, the home and its contents will be sold to the highest bidder. Stevens Auction Co. (acting as Stevens & Associates) will team with Empire Auction Company to sell the contents. Broker Michael Ward will offer the real estate.
For more information, contact Stevens Auction Company at 662-369-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.stevensauction.com.