On-site auction slated for Nov. 6 in Brookhaven, Miss. The contents of two architecturally important homes in the modest town of Brookhaven, Miss. will be sold in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m., CST, by Stevens Auction Company.
News-Antique.com - Oct 27,2010 - (BROOKHAVEN, Miss.) – The contents of two majestic and architecturally important homes in the modest town of Brookhaven, Miss. – located along I-55, south of Jackson and northeast of Baton Rouge, La. – will be sold in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. CST, at one of the residences: the Edgewood Mansion, the largest house in Brookhaven.
The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss.
Edgewood, begun in 1908 and completed in 1912, is a Greek Revival structure built by Charles S. Butterfield, a wealthy timber baron. For the past 54 years it has been lovingly cared for by David Lovell, a native of Brookhaven and considered one of the region’s premier interior and exterior designers and authority on antiques. He resides in Edgewood (which is not for sale).
The contents of Edgewood includes antique furniture, porcelains, marble sculptures, palace-sized rugs, crystal chandeliers and lighting fixtures, original works of art, rare clocks, china, silver, glassware, Civil War swords and guns and unusual collectibles. An open house will be held Friday, Nov. 5, from 10-7, and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. until the start of sale.
Also sold will be the original furnishings from another historic Brookhaven home: the Captain Jack C. Hardy House, built in 1877 (and for sale by its owner, Mr. Roy Segers). The home is a rare surviving example of an Italianate town villa, one of only nine houses in this form in Mississippi. Also offered will be items from another prominent estate, in Germantown, Tenn.
Period furniture, much of it by renowned makers, will be served up in abundance. Pieces by Herter Brothers will include a rosewood parlor cabinet with Sevres plaque (circa 1870), a small rosewood center table, a rosewood sideboard with floral inlays on the doors, a walnut Victorian marble inset parlor table, and a cheval walnut Victorian Aesthetic Movement dresser.
From the studios of John Henry Belter will come a rosewood parlor suite in the Rosalie pattern, consisting of two sofas, four side chairs and one arm chair; and a pair of rosewood parlor side chairs with blue upholstery, in the Rosalie with Grapes pattern. Also sold will be a mahogany game table with twisted base and claw feet, possibly manufactured by Duncan Phyfe.
Pieces by other noted furniture makers include a rosewood rococo fire screen attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, 4 feet tall; a rosewood marble-top parlor cabinet with etagere top and pierce-carved top (also attributed to Meeks); a walnut sideboard with marble top, 7 feet 9 inches tall, attributed to A. Roux; and a set of walnut Victorian parlor arm chairs attributed to John Jeliff.
Rare clocks will include a mahogany 3-weight, 5-tube grandfather clock crafted in Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 feet tall; an oak Gothic bracket clock with a rack of bells and chimes, 25 inches tall; and a pair of examples by Lenzkirch: a grandfather clock with music box that plays 15 ½ inch discs, and a rare