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
big hit with collectors, and this sale had a wide selection. An ABCG console bowl that was heavily cut and extremely fine, in mint condition, 15 inches across, fetched $3,910; a stunning ABCG plate, 13 inches in diameter, went for $3,910; and an ABCG square bowl, extremely heavy, signed Hawks, was a bargain at $288.
Returning to furniture, a Victorian walnut breakfront bookcase with butlerís desk and an unusual crest, 8 feet 9 inches tall, gaveled for $3,450; a large mahogany Empire three-door breakfront, 9 feet 3 inches tall, realized $2,875; a solid mahogany heavily carved French rococo sofa with brown leather, in mint condition, circa 1890, went for $2,070; and a mahogany Empire revival breakfront with mirror back and acanthus columns, circa 1870, knocked down at $1,955.
From the clocks category, an early grandfather clock by David Elias Bangor, 97 inches tall, chimed on time for $2,875; and a rosewood beehive clock with Baltimore cemetery scene, 19 inches by 10 inches, coasted to $1,035. Also, a National Cash Register candy store-size cash register in good working condition, with all original parts and key, found a new owner for $863.
Two French porcelain plaques in gesso frames, hand-painted and measuring 32 inches by 21 inches, circa 1870-1880, sold for $4,600 the pair; a 67-piece set of sterling silver flatware in the Grand Baroque pattern by Wallace (a service for eight, with extra serving pieces) breezed to $4,370; an outstanding rococo bronze dore mirror, 26 inches tall, commanded $2,250; and a Victorian rococo over-the-mantle mirror with ornate details, 55 inches by 60 inches, hit $1,035.
Other top lots included a bronze Victorian floor vase with the original amber glass insert, 55 inches tall ($1,265); a pair of Majolica figures in Arabian dress with musical instruments, sitting on an attached base, 19 inches tall ($863 the pair); and a diminutive, adorable 5-inch-tall Austrian gilt silver doll house bench with hand-painted enamel panels on back and seat ($518).
Stevens Auction Companyís next big auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, at the National Guard Armory building in Okolona, Miss. The auction will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Okolona, at which Confederate Gen. Forrestís rebels turned back the larger and better equipped Union forces led by Gen. Smith. It was a major battle and a true turning point in the war, as Confederate forces, by dropping back and making the Union wait, forced Gen. Sherman to revise his scorched earth campaign, sparing some cities from burning.
A re-enactment of the Battle of Okolona will be staged, as part of the event's festivities. Fittingly, the auction will feature many items from the Civil War period, to include antique furnishings, glassware, light fixtures and many pieces of Civil War memorabilia, such as belt buckles, rifles and other items (from both North and South). Headlining the auction will be an important estate out of Columbus, Miss., as well as other prominent local estates and collections.
Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments