Roseville pottery, brilliant cut glass, pre-1900 copper kettles, more at Stevens Auction, Nov. 23rd Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss., will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for Saturday, Nov. 23rd, at Stevens Auction Company.
News-Antique.com - Nov 11,2013 - (ABERDEEN, Miss.) – Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss. – to include around 200 pieces of Roseville pottery collected over the course of 40 years, about 50 pieces of brilliant cut glass, dozens of pre-1900 copper kettles and more – will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for Saturday, Nov. 23rd.
The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, in the firm’s gallery located at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen, a town about halfway between Tupelo and Columbus, Miss., on U.S. 45. The first gavel is scheduled to come down promptly at 10 a.m. (CST). There will be no Internet bidding for this auction, but telephone and absentee bids will be accepted.
In addition to Dr. Gregory’s collections, three other prominent estates – from Louisville, Miss.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Bartlettsville, Okla. – will also be offered. The sale will be packed with Federal, Empire and late Victorian furniture, some of it by renowned cabinet makers such as John Henry Belter, J. & J.W. Meeks, R.J. Horner, Mitchell & Rammelsberg and John Jelliff.
Also being sold is sterling silver, Old Paris and other fine porcelains, exquisite china, antique clocks, antique oil lamps, original works of art, lovely hand-made Persian rugs, unique primitive pieces and more. The items from Dr. Gregory’s estate are the expected headliners. He has been a general surgeon and prominent member of the Corinth community for over 40 years.
“Dr. Gregory is a serious collector of highly desirable Roseville and brilliant cut glass pieces, and it’s only due to his failing health that this auction is being held at all,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “The Roseville collection started four decades ago, and there are pieces stored in barns, in storage buildings, even in the basement of his medical clinic.”
The Roseville Pottery Company was founded in 1890 in Roseville, Ohio. Right away the firm enjoyed great success producing stoneware flower pots and other practical household items. The design of the pottery made it popular with the Arts and Crafts movement, which led to its desirability as a collectible. This only intensified after the company went out of business in 1954.
Since then, Roseville pottery has enjoyed two major revivals: with baby boomers in the 1970s and again in the late 1990s and early 2000s during the Mission Style revival. Today, some Roseville styles are relatively common, while rare pieces can fetch hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Collectors rely on the wide variety of kiln markings to guide them in their choices.
Dr. Gregory’s large and impressive collection of copper kettles, with all pieces dating to the 19th century, could conceivably be snapped up just as easily by someone looking to cash in on their value as scrap metal (easily in the thousands of dollars) as a collector of such items. “These copper pots and kettles are beautiful as functional pieces of American history,” Mr. Stevens said.