Headlining the auction will be the estates of Dr. Lana Silverthorn and Dr. Patricia Stephens (both deceased, from Magnolia Springs, Ala., and both former longtime professors at the University at Southern Alabama). Also offered will be prominent estates from Atlanta, Ga., and Birmingham, Ala., plus other consignments. New items were still pouring in at press time.
“This will be a monumental mid-summer estate auction, and it’s getting bigger every day,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “New pictures are continually being added to our website, so the best advice I can give to bidders is to log on to stevensauction.com.”
Sold will be marvelous period furniture pieces (by such renowned American makers as J.H. Belter, J. & J.W. Meeks and R.J. Horner), an exceptional fine art collection, a large collection of music boxes, early 19th century lighting, antique handmade rugs, sterling silver, Old Paris porcelains, brilliant cut glass pieces, old wicker (signed Hayward Wakefield) and more.
The John H. Belter furniture pieces will include a rosewood rococo parlor suite with a sofa, love seat, side parlor chairs and arm chair, beige in color, all in the Rosalie With Grapes pattern; a rosewood rococo laminated parlor side chair in the fountain elms pattern with green and gold silk upholstery; and an armchair and side chair in the Rosalie Without Grapes pattern.
Fans of J. & J. W. Meeks will be impressed by the signed rosewood rococo dressing table with acanthus carved base and mirror, made circa 1850 and measuring 55 inches tall by 24 inches wide. An R. J. Horner lot of note is the true partner’s desk with drawers and a door on both sides, in original mint condition and with extensive carving, including griffins (circa 1890).
Other period furniture pieces will feature an oversized walnut Victorian cylinder roll secretary desk with burl trim, 114 inches tall, in mint condition (circa 1860); a rosewood rococo parlor cabinet with bird’s-eye maple top, 56 inches tall (circa 1850); and a mahogany Federal love seat with beautiful scrolled arms and gold upholstery with claw feet, made around 1830.
Vases and urns will include a magnificent pair of Old Paris vases, palace-sized, depicting a French Victorian lady and gentleman, in great condition and boasting great color, 29 inches tall (circa 1870); a pair of monumental 19th century Royal Vienna two-part urns, 42 inches tall; a large Sevres urn with bronze handles and faces, with original cap and artwork, signed and marked on the bottom (circa 1880); and a pair of Old Paris vases, 18 inches tall, white with gold trim and having good paint showing a gorgeous floral scene, manufactured circa 1860.
Artwork will feature an oil on canvas portrait of Horace P. Brown (1801-1883), the cousin and personal assistant of Joseph E. Brown, the governor of Georgia during the Civil War; a large and important 18th century English painting of Mary Lady Hussey with a dog, 5 feet by 4 feet; a large oil on canvas marine rendering of a port and lighthouse, signed Franz Schaffner, 78 inches by 58 inches, dated 1901, in the original Victorian gold frame; and a large oil on canvas marine work titled Mutiny at Sea (circa 1860), in a gold Victorian frame, 77 inches by 61 inches.
Vintage music boxes will include an extremely rare Lauter orchestral nickelodeon in a mahogany case; an ornate inlaid cylinder rosewood and satinwood music box; a 15-cylinder, 7-drum inlaid music box with bells; a fine 15.5-inch Regina disc music box on its rare original stand, with seven cylinders; and a walnut inlaid interchangeable cylinder music box with three cylinders. Also sold will be a coin-op upright piano.
Silver sets will include an 84-piece flatware service by Reed & Barton in the Frances First pattern; and a 137-piece Gorham flatware 12-place service in the Strasbourg pattern, made circa 1920 and having a total weight of 164.7 troy ounces. Estate jewelry will feature a dazzling ladies’ diamond and sapphire white gold cocktail ring.
Antique clocks will feature a magnificent grandfather clock that was a grand prize winner at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904; and a Black Forest mantel clock with mountain goats, 22 inches tall, circa 1880.
Rounding out some of the day’s expected top lots are a circa 1900 bird’s-eye maple harp, signed Browne and Buckwell, Makers (N.Y., No. 3351), with gold and green trim; a circa 1870 Victorian over-the-mantel mirror with heavily carved base, 96 inches tall, with a broken arch pediment top with urn and ram’s heads; an important pair of rare Baccarat and gilt oil lamps, 2 feet tall; and a life-size 19th century carved and paint-decorated wood blackamoor figure.
Terms of sale will be cash, major credit cards, pre-approved checks with proper ID, or wire transfer. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price, with a 2 percent processing fee for credit cards. A 7 percent sales tax will be charged on all purchases (except for buyers with a valid in-state resale number). Phone bids accepted with advance notice.
Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (662) 369-2200; or, you can e-mail them at stevensauction@