The estate of the late Zoe Spedale will be sold June 7th by Stevens Auction Co., in Aberdeen, Miss. The lifetime estate of the late Zoe Spedale -- a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon --will be sold on Saturday, June 7th, by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss.
News-Antique.com - May 25,2014 - ABERDEEN, Miss. – The lifetime estate of the late Zoe Spedale – a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon, who appointed their spectacular Louisiana home with the finest artwork, furniture and decorative accessories life had to offer, gathered quite literally from around the word – will be sold on Saturday, June 7th, by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen.
The auction will start promptly at 9 a.m. Central time and be held in Stevens Auction Company’s gallery, located at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen (situated about halfway between Tupelo and Columbus, Miss., on U.S. 45). Internet bidding will be facilitated by Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. The auction will consist entirely of Ms. Spedale’s massive collection.
“This could very well be the biggest, most important auction I’ve ever held,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, no small statement considering he’s been conducting estate auctions throughout the Southeast for decades. “I was in total awe of what I saw in the house in Plaquemine, La. (just outside Baton Rouge) that she called home for over 50 years.”
The estimated 500 lots that have been carefully trucked from Plaquemine to Aberdeen include original oil paintings by noted, listed artist from Europe and the United States, rare clocks (to include a monumental grandfather clock by R. J. Horner), spectacular chandeliers, palace-size Persian rugs, porcelain pieces by Old Paris, Sevres and others, fine china, crystal and lighting.
The artwork will feature an original oil on canvas painting by the important Victorian and landscape artist Henry John Yeend King (Br., 1855-1924), titled Wait For Me (est. $25,000-$40,000); an oil on canvas by English landscape artist David Bates (Br., 1840-1921) of cows on a riverbank with a man watching (est. $10,000-$20,000); and an oil on board by the Dusseldorf School painter Julius Hebner (Germ., 1806-1882) of a woman and a girl (est. $7,000-$12,000).
Other original paintings will include an oil on canvas rendering of a man and a woman by the renowned 1880s French artist Emile Auguste Pinchart (1842-1924), titled Her Favorite; a work by the English artist W. D. McKay (1826-1916), titled The Path Through the Fields; and art by the notable painter Lionel Charles Henley (Br., 1843-1893) and an artist who signs “S. Barnes.”
Period furniture will be sold as well, to include a massive 30-foot Chippendale dining table that was once used at Thomas Jefferson’s estate home in Monticello (plus the accompanying set of 20 Chippendale chairs), tables (all inlaid, and some marble-top), a gorgeous linen chest that sat in the dining room and a grand secretary. Victorian wrought-iron lawn furniture will also be sold.
“Zoe Spedale had impeccable taste and lots of money, which she wasn’t afraid to spend when it came to her home,” Mr. Stevens said. “She and her husband would travel the world and come back with incredible artwork and other rare finds. And everything she bought got used – the fine china, the crystal glassware, the Staffordshire, Royal Vienna, the Sevres, the Minton – all