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.
on canvas renderings (one having a biblical scene); a large bronze of a nude girl by French sculptor Felix Carpentier (1858-1924), with Paris Foundry mark; a life-size marble figure of a maiden picking grapes; and a large 19th century porcelain plaque of a Roman beauty in the original giltwood frame (30 inches by 20 ½ inches).
Returning to furniture, additional offerings will include a large and rare oval walnut marble-top table with hairy ball-and-claw feet; a magnificent figural carved walnut secretary attributed to Luigi Frullini, 9 feet 10 inches tall; and a centennial Chippendale mahogany drop-front desk with onyx columns and interior, made for the Chicago Exposition, 44 inches tall.
Lamps and lighting will feature a rare three-piece gilt bronze and crystal Argand lamp set with a double arm and two single arms; a large antique Venetian seven-light grape bunch chandelier; a large 19th century gilt metal figural lamp with 19th century cut and acid etched shade, 4 feet 1 inch tall by 19 inches wide; and a fine cut glass and gilt four-light gasolier.
Also slated to cross the block is a fine carved oak 9-tube grandfather clock by R.J. Horner, and a 19th century giltwood bird’s-eye maple and bronze harp by P. Detveaus. Payment terms will be cash, major credit cards and pre-approved checks. A 15 percent buyer's premium will be charged on the total purchase price, with a 2 percent processing fee for credit cards.
In the early 1900s, Green Gables was a Madison County showplace property. It was originally built by Caroline Jackson, who conveyed the house to W.H. And Viney Jackson. In 1912, it was sold to Richard Cyrus Smith (husband of Eddie Lee) and L.L. Fonville. Mrs. Eddie Lee Smith lived in the home until around 1990, with various family members and renters, too.
Mrs. Smith was a recluse who raised day lilies and wrote Japanese Haiku poetry. The most recent owners bought house in October 2008. They added some Old World charm to the back yard by adding a New Orleans fountain and plantings. An ongoing project is the restoration of the log houses in the back yard. Recent features include a new kitchen and fresh coat of paint.
This will be an old-fashioned country sale – with no Internet bidding component – but phone and absentee bids will be accepted. Open house previews will be held at Green Gables on Friday, June 28, from 10-7, and on auction day, June 29, from 8-10 a.m. Photos of many of the items being sold have been posted on the Stevens Auction website, at www.stevensauction.com.
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 at (662) 369-2200; or, you can e-mail them at email@example.com. To learn more about Stevens Auction Company and the upcoming June 29 Green Gables on-site auction, log on to www.stevensauction.com.