Meeks rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table hammers for $33,350 at Stevens Auction A rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, sold for $33,350 at a multi-estate auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Company
News-Antique.com - Jan 24,2014 - (ABERDEEN, Miss.) – A gorgeous rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed to the renowned American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, sold for $33,350 at a multi-estate auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Company, in the firm’s gallery located at 609 Meridian Street in Aberdeen. The table was the top lot of the sale.
The auction featured more than 1,000 select and rare antiques (550 lots) from prominent Southern estates, plus items from the estate of the late Paul Dobbs of West Plains, Mo. It was packed with period furniture items by prolific craftsmen, large Persian rugs, 19th century lighting, brilliant cut glass pieces, decorative accessories, home furnishings, early porcelains and art glass.
“It was a cold weekend, but it was warm inside the building and we may have generated some extra heat with all the spirited bidding going on,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “We were very pleased with the outcome. The merchandise spoke for itself, and the bidding in the room and online was brisk both days. The phones and left bids were active, too.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Additional lots attributed to Meeks included a pair of mirror image laminated rosewood recamiers (fainting couches) in the Stanton Hall pattern, upholstered in silk with gilt Napoleonic bees ($11,500 the pair), a rosewood laminated parlor cabinet with original mirrors and finish ($4,025), and a rosewood rococo center parlor game table with drawers on both sides ($2,990).
Monumental beds featured a rosewood half tester bed in mint condition, attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg, with original mosquito net hardware ($12,650), a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed that was made around 1840 but has had just three owners ($8,625), and an ornate mahogany rococo oversized bed with pierce-carved and rounded footboard ($3,220).
Pairs of chairs did extremely well. Two rosewood laminated parlor side chairs in the Cornucopia pattern, crafted circa 1855 by John H. Belter, changed hands for $10,350, and an identical selling price was realized for a pair of J. & J.W. Meeks laminated rosewood arm chairs in the Stanton Hall pattern. The chairs were beautifully upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees.
Also from the prolific workshop of Meeks was a pair of laminated rosewood parlor chairs in the Henry Ford pattern, upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees. They sold as a single lot for $4,600. Two rococo revival pierce-carved parlor chairs – duplicates of a pair pictured in an 1849 advertisement for George Henkels, as shown in a March 1933 magazine – hammered for $4,600.
A Victorian crystal chandelier featuring eight tiers of crystal with silver rings and 30-35 strands of roping went to a determined bidder for $3,910. Also, a monumental banquet lamp with marble columns, claw feet and winged cherubs, with a huge antique 11-inch amber shade with lily decor, made $2,070.