C. Lee mahogany bed, R.J. Horner grandfather clock headline auction at Green Gables June 29 in Tenn. A mahogany half tester youth-size bed made around 1860 by C. Lee gaveled for $29,900 and a fine R.J. Horner carved oak nine-tube grandfather clock brought $21,850 in an auction at Green Gables in Tenn
News-Antique.com - Jul 24,2013 - (JACKSON, Tenn.) – A mahogany half tester youth-size bed made around 1860 by C. Lee gaveled for $29,900, and a fine R.J. Horner carved oak nine-tube grandfather clock from about 1890 chimed on time for $21,850 at an on-site sale of the contents of Green Gables, one of Jackson’s stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, held June 29 on the mansion grounds.
The bed and clock were the top lots of the auction, conducted by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. In all, more than 575 quality lots changed hands in a wide array of categories: Federal, Empire and late Victorian furniture, brilliant cut glass pieces, Old Paris and other fine porcelains, china, antique clocks and oil lamps, fine artwork, rugs and more.
“We got lucky with the weather. It was a real pretty day,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “Everyone was excited to be there and everything sold. It was a great sale.” Even Green Gables itself, located at 1287 Hollywood Drive, was sold (through a separate broker, Mark Kennedy), for $250,000. The property included the mansion and several other structures.
The sale of the mansion’s contents was an old-fashioned country auction, with no Internet bidding. Over 100 phone bids and a few absentee bids were recorded, in addition to the crowd of about 400 people who attended live. Green Gables was built around 1895. It has been written and talked about by many historians and has been the scene of countless weddings and other events.
Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Gorgeous period furniture pieces came under the gavel throughout the day. Two standout lots were a laminated rosewood rococo four-piece parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks (circa 1855) in the Stanton Hall pattern ($13,800); and a rosewood laminated sofa by J. H. Belter, made circa 1850 ($10,350). Both Meeks and Belter were renowned 19th century New York furniture makers.
Other furniture included a figural carved walnut secretary attributed to Luigi Frullini, 9 feet 10 inches tall ($16,100); an 18th century burl walnut linen press in fine original condition ($8,050); a heavily carved slant front desk attributed to R.J. Horner, made circa 1890 ($3,680); and a European oak display cabinet made around 1830 and majestic at 102 inches tall ($2,300).
A centennial Chippendale mahogany drop-front desk with onyx columns and interior, made for the Chicago Exposition around 1890, went for $5,750. Chair lots featured a set of ten 19th century high-back English Chippendale dining chairs that fetched $6,900; and a laminated 1850 rosewood Belter side chair in the Fountain Elms pattern, with blue silk upholstery ($5,175).
Tables included a rosewood marble-top console attributed to Alexander Roux, circa 1865 ($18,400); a large rosewood Belter marble-top table in the Rosalie pattern, with laminated skirt, circa 1855 ($10,350); a rare oval walnut marble-top table with hairy ball-and-claw feet, circa 1860 ($10,350); and a period Empire mahogany pier table with marble column front ($6,900).