Stevens Auction to hold inaugural sale at new branch in Flomaton, Ala., Nov. 12 Stevens Auction Company is about to expand its presence in the South, having recently acquired the building in Flomaton, Ala., that previously housed Flomaton Antique Auction, with a sale on Nov. 12.
The auction will include a mahogany Empire love seat with claw feet and dolphin heads carved on the arms, and striped upholstery; and a straight-back mahogany settee with dolphins carved on the arms, attributed to Karpen (circa 1880). Also sold will be a gold Victorian over-the-mantel mirror with great carvings, 99 inches tall (circa 1860).
Decorative accessories will feature two pairs of Old Paris vases, one pair 15 inches tall with flowers painted on the side and gold trim, the other pair 18 inches tall (both circa 1880); a 9-piece porcelain fish set with 24-inch-long tray, signed “T.&V. France Limoges”; a pair of exra large Sheridan-style knife boxes; and an antique astral lamp with double-step base with marble.
Returning to furniture, other expected star lots will include a mahogany Empire banquet dining table, 10 feet 5 inches long with six leaves (circa 1880); a Federal mahogany acanthus carved game table with claw feet and solid carving on the base from top to bottom, 42 inches long; a large mahogany curved glass Empire china cabinet that matches to an 8-piece dining room suite (circa 1880); and a mahogany Empire marble-top dressing table with mirror in base.
Stevens' next big sale after this one in Flomaton will be held on New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2012). Headlining the event will be a wonderful estate out of Baton Rouge, La., with impeccable provenance, plus other prominent estates from north Mississippi and north Georgia.
Stevens Auction Company was founded in 1984 by Dwight Stevens, who has had a lifelong interest in antiques and architecture. He turned these hobbies into a full-time profession, attending the Missouri Auction School, from which he graduated as a certified auctioneer. He joined the National Auctioneers Association and helped to establish a chapter in Mississippi.
In the early days, Stevens Auction Company sold anything and everything, from grocery stores to farm equipment. But over time, the firm specialized in the marketing and selling of antiques. It also organized and managed large estate auctions. Today, the company holds estate sales at some of the most prominent old homes throughout the South, not just in its galleries.
In June 2002, Stevens Auction Company purchased the historic Adams-French Mansion in Aberdeen, Miss., to be its premier auction facility. A fire gutted the mansion in June 2006, and since them Mr. Stevens has spent time and money restoring and refurbishing the home to its original splendor. Now with the work complete, Mr. Stevens lives there as his primary residence.
For more information about Stevens Auction Company and the firm's calendar of upcoming events, to include the inaugural estate sale planned for Sat., Nov. 12, in Flomaton, Ala., at 10 a.m. (CST), please log on to www.stevensauction.com. Updates are posted frequently. Or, you may call the firm at (662) 369-2200, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.