Two major estates and more will be offered Feb. 15-16 by Stevens Auction Company A mammoth two day multi-estate sale consisting of 800 quality lots of merchandise will be held the weekend of Feb. 15-16 by Stevens Auction Company at the firm's gallery located in Aberdeen, Miss.
News-Antique.com - Jan 31,2013 - (ABERDEEN, Miss.) – A mammoth two day multi-estate sale consisting of around 800 quality lots of merchandise will be held the weekend of Feb. 15-16 by Stevens Auction Company in the firm’s gallery located at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen. Many of the lots may be viewed at www.stevensauction.com. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Headlining the event will be two major estates. They are the lifetime clock collection of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Johnson of Bloomington, Ill., and merchandise pulled from a 12,000-square-foot mansion in Montclair, N.J., known as “Daybreak.” Select items from three other prominent estates will also be sold. Start times will be 4 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 15 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 16.
“This promises to be the highest concentration of quality items we have sold in years,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “The merchandise ranges from nearly 100 vintage clocks, all in good working order, to a museum-quality Anthony Quervelle sideboard to a marble-top rococo center table by Alexander Roux to a genuine 19th century vampire killing kit.”
The Friday, Feb. 15 session will be dedicated mostly to clocks, from the Johnson collection. Mr. Johnson collected, repaired and restored clocks, and he owned examples by many of the world’s most prominent makers, such as Eli Terry, Seth Thomas and Ansonia. In all, about 90 clocks will change hands. Porcelains and smalls, also from the Johnsons, will be sold as well.
Stevens Auction Company is no stranger to vampire killing kits, the curious late 19th and early 20th century kits needed to dispatch unwanted vampires. The firm has sold several of the kits at previous auctions, attracting nationwide attention in the process. The kit being offered includes a cross, wood mallet, candles, mirror, rosary, black gun powder, Bible and wood stakes.
The period Empire sideboard attributed to Anthony Quervelle (1789-1865), the renowned French-born Philadelphia furniture maker, features original gold stenciling, cut glass doors and acanthus carving on the sides. The piece measures 6 feet long, 42 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter. It was made circa 1830. “This sideboard truly belongs in a museum,” Mr. Stevens said.
The monumental rosewood rococo marble center table with detailed carved fruit basket, attributed to Alexander Roux, was made circa 1855 and is one of several Roux lots in the sale. Also offered will be a rare set of six walnut Victorian dining chairs in mint condition, heavily carved; and a rococo banquet dining table with claw feet that will stretch to 14 feet 6 inches.
Pieces by other superior 19th century American furniture makers will also cross the block. These will include a scarce rosewood recamier by John H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern and in mint condition, laminated, 6 feet long by 4 feet tall (circa 1850); and a rosewood marble-top dresser with pierced carved mirror frame and crown, signed Thomas Brooks (circa 1870).
The makers J. & J.W. Meeks will be represented, with a rosewood rococo roll-top desk with round