Lenzkirch grandfather clock brings $39,200 at Stevens Auction A Lenzkirch grandfather clock crafted circa 1860, 8 feet 2 inches tall and featuring a music box that plays 15 ½ inch discs, soared to $39,200 at an on-site auction held Nov. 6 by Stevens Auction Co.
News-Antique.com - Nov 17,2010 - (BROOKHAVEN, Miss. ) – A magnificent Lenzkirch grandfather clock crafted circa 1860, 8 feet 2 inches tall and featuring a music box that plays 15 ½ inch discs, soared to $39,200 at an on-site auction held Nov. 6 by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. A pair of architecturally important homes headlined the event, held in Brookhaven, along Interstate 55.
The sale was held at one of the homes, known as Edgewood, a Greek Revival structure begun in 1908 and completed in 1912. The mansion was not for sale, only its contents, which included antique furniture, porcelains, marble structures, palace-sized rugs, crystal chandeliers and lighting fixtures, original works of art, rare clocks, china, glassware and Civil War items.
Edgewood was originally built by Charles S. Butterfield, a wealthy turn-of-the-century timber baron. Also sold were the original furnishings from another historic Brookhaven home, the Captain Jack C. Hardy House, built in 1877. The home is a rare surviving example of an Italianate town villa, one of just nine houses in this form in the state. It’s for sale by the owner.
About 560 lots crossed the block at the auction, which was heavily attended despite the cool weather. “We had around 400 people,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, “and there was very active phone and absentee bidding. It showed me that the market for good antiques is holding very strong. The lesser items with condition issues brought weaker prices.”
Mr. Stevens observed that when he looks around, he sees retail merchants that are hurting, victims of a continuing sour economy. But, so far, the bad news hasn’t hit his auction business. “People want to own and appreciate fine objects, and they come to my auctions to find what they want,” he said. “I’m selling more and more to individuals and less and less to dealers.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.
The Lenzkirch grandfather clock was by far the top lot of the sale. Runner-up honors went to a rosewood parlor suite by John H. Belter in the Rosalie pattern. The suite – two sofas, four side chairs and one armchair, all made circa 1855 – brought $22,400. Rounding out the top lot trifecta, a round rosewood marble-top table, also made by Belter circa 1855, realized $17,920.
Two other lots topped the $10,000 mark. One was a full-size, all original mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed, made circa 1840 and standing 10 feet 6 inches tall. It fetched $11,760. The other was another monumental bed: a rosewood half tester plantation bed, signed C. Lee and crafted circa 1850. Despite needing some restoration work, it also went for $11,760.
A palace-sized solid mahogany with veneer top banquet table, a massive 18 feet 7 inches long and 5 feet 6 inches wide, with eight leaves, sold to a local bed and breakfast for $8,960. The accompanying 24 straight-leg Chippendale dining chairs (circa 1890) gaveled for $8,736. Also, a large and