Grand prize-winning 1904 grandfather clock chimes on time for $17,825 A magnificent grandfather clock that was a grand prize winner at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 chimed on time for $17,825 at a multi-estate auction held June 23rd by Stevens Auction Company.
fine Regina 15-inch disc music box on the rare original stand, complete with 77 discs, rose to $5,750.
Other music boxes that did well included a 15-inch cylinder inlaid music box with bells and drum ($4,715); and a walnut inlaid interchangeable cylinder music box with three cylinders ($4,600). Also, a rare automation grass bird cage with three singing birds, fitted with porcelain plaques and measuring 21 inches tall by 14 inches wide, went to a determined bidder for $3,795.
Leading the fine art category was an important large 18th century English painting of Mary Lady Hussey with her dog, unsigned ($5,463). Also, a large oil on canvas marine rendering in a gold Victorian frame, titled Mutiny at Sea, unsigned (circa 1860) realized $3,738; and a steel engraving of Robert E. Lee, dated 1876, in the original frame, 24 inches by 30 inches, hit $3,450.
Other artwork featured an oil on canvas portrait of Horace P. Brown (1801-1883), the cousin and personal assistant of Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia during the Civil War ($2,875); an oil on canvas portrait of a Victorian lady in an ornate gold frame, done circa 1870 ($2,070); and an extraordinary gold Victorian frame with triple layer and oak backing ($1,840).
Decorative accessories included a magnificent pair of Old Paris vases, palace-sized at 29 inches tall by 15 inches wide, showing a French Victorian lady and gentleman ($7,475); a large Art Nouveau Sevres vase, 29 inches tall, made circa 1900 ($6,038); an R.J. Horner pedestal with braided dolphins supporting a marble top in the original ebonized finish ($2,760); and a large Sevres urn with bronze handles and faces, original cap and artwork, made circa 1880 ($1,840).
Rounding out the day’s top lots: a ladies’ diamond and sapphire white gold cocktail ring slipped on a new finger for $3,680; an 84-piece sterling silver flatware set in the Frances First pattern breezed to $3,393; a signed Hayward Wakefield love seat in the original finish, circa 1890, fetched $2,070; and a signed Hayward Wakefield desk with matching chair made $1,380.
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