The contents of Green Gables -- a Victorian mansion in Jackson, Tenn. -- will be auctioned June 29th The contents of Green Gables, a Victorian mansion at 1287 Hollywood Drive in Jackson, Tenn. – will be sold in an on-site auction at the mansion itself, on Saturday, June 29, by Stevens Auction Co.
News-Antique.com - Jun 21,2013 - (JACKSON, Tenn.) - The contents of one of Jackson's stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions – Green Gables, at 1287 Hollywood Drive – will be sold in an on-site auction at the mansion itself, on Saturday, June 29. The sale will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. Other prominent estates will also be featured.
The action will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. (CST) and continue throughout the day, with around 600 quality lots in a wide array of categories: Federal, Empire and late Victorian furniture; hundreds of brilliant cut glass pieces; Old Paris and other fine porcelains; exquisite china; antique clocks and oil lamps; original works of art; and decorative accessories.
“Green Gables is a lovely Victorian home built in 1895 and set on three and a half acres, not far from downtown Jackson and Jackson General Hospital,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “The grounds are beautiful and feature not only this 'Victorian Painted Lady' but three historic out-buildings, a three-unit grain bin, carriage house and caretaker's quarters.”
Green Gables has been talked about by numerous historians and has been written about in many books about Madison County, Tenn. It has also been the scene of countless weddings and other special events. The property is for sale but will not be offered in this auction. Interested parties may call Mark Kennedy at Kennedy's Auction Service in Selmer, Tenn. (731-645-3657).
Many of the furnishings being sold were lovingly crafted by some of the most renowned names in the industry: John H. Belter, J. & J.W. Meeks, C. Lee, Thomas Brooks, R.J. Horner and Alexander Roux. Belter pieces will include a laminated rosewood side chair in the Fountain Elms pattern with blue silk upholstery, crafted at the firm's New York workshop around 1850.
Meeks will be represented in the sale by a laminated rosewood rococo four-piece parlor suite in the Stanton Hall pattern, with a sofa that's 65 inches wide by 48 inches tall; and a pair of rosewood rococo side parlor chairs in the Hawkins pattern, with matching sofa (circa 1855). Also sold will be a C. Lee half tester youth-size bed (circa 1860), impressive at nine about feet tall.
Other furniture pieces by noted makers will include a rosewood cylinder secretary attributed to Thomas Brooks, with fitted satinwood interior; a heavily carved slant front desk with birds and winged griffin supports attributed to R.J. Horner; and a monumental rosewood marble-top console attributed to Alexander Roux, 5 feet 2 inches long, with incredible carving.
Vases and urns, always a hit with bidders, will feature a pair of Old Paris vases with figures, white with gold trim, 15 inches tall (circa 1860); a large Dresden scenic and figural urn, 3 feet 8 inches tall; a fine pair of period gilt bronze and cut glass Empire urns, 15 ½ inches tall (circa 1830) and an equally fine pair of 19th century palatial Royal Vienna scenic urns, 3 feet tall.