Meeks parlor suite in the Hawkins pattern fetches $24,150 at Stevens Auction A four-piece laminated rosewood rococo parlor suite by renowned 19th century American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, in the desirable Hawkins pattern, sold for $24,150 at Stevens Auction Company.
rococo arm parlor chair by Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern, circa 1855, hit $5,750.
Other antique chairs included a large walnut Victorian office desk chair with padded arms, carved crown and black leather upholstery, made circa 1870 ($4,830); and a lovely pair of rosewood laminated pierce carved side parlor chairs with green seats, made circa 1855 ($2,300).
Two furniture lots need to be singled out not just for their high dollars realized but for their sheer beauty. One was a museum-quality period Empire sideboard with original gold stenciling, cut glass doors and acanthus carving on the sides, attributed to Anthony Quervelle and executed 1830 ($13,800). The other was a three-piece oak parlor suite by R. J. Horner (circa 1890), heavily carved, with lions’ heads on the arms and burgundy leather upholstery ($9,775).
Fine and decorative arts featured an oil on canvas portrait of a young Victorian girl in a green dress, signed J. Van Keirsbilck, framed with an overall size of 6 feet tall by 58 inches wide ($8,050); a fine Louis XIV-style silver plate and carved trestle base trolley, made around 1890 ($5,175); and a dore bronze centerpiece of cupids climbing a tree base with glass bowl ($3,565).
Antique lamps and lighting included a 19th century astral gasolier with original gold gilding ($13,800) and matching set of six astral gas wall sconces ($10,350); a rare circa 1920 metal Art Nouveau landing light of a lady with grapes, having a black marble base ($10,925); a walnut Victorian pedestal with gas light fixture, gilt bronze, with the original shades, circa 1870 ($10,350); and an ornate brass onyx piano lamp with molded floral Art Nouveau shade ($4,370).
Rounding out just some of the two-day auction’s list of top lots, a scarce 19th century Sevres clock in urn form, hand-painted and artist-signed, 26 inches tall by 15 inches wide, rose to $9,200; and a gold Victorian pier mirror with white marble base and cupids in the crown and base, monumental at 12 feet tall and made circa 1850, went to a determined bidder for $6,900.
Stevens Auction Company’s next big sale promises to be as big, if not bigger, than the one just described. It is the estate of the late Earlene S. Bowen, who owned and operated Bowen’s Antiques in Eupora, Miss., up until the time of her death at age 95 this past November. She was a dedicated collected of furniture and primitives and her business spanned ten buildings.
Ms. Bowen’s massive inventory couldn’t possibly be liquidated all in one day, not even all in one weekend. For that reason, Stevens Auction has spread out the sale to encompass three days and two weekends. Sale dates have been set for Apr. 6 and Apr. 12-13, although a fourth day could conceivably be added. The auction is scheduled to be held on-site, in Eupora, Miss.
Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly,